GUSTAV AULÉN AND CHRISTUS VICTOR. In recent years, the theory of atonement known as Christus Victor (“Christ the victor”) has been both championed. Sep 5, Gustaf Aulen’s classic work, ‘Christus Victor’, has long been a standard text on the atonement. Aulen applies “history of ideas’ methodology to. The term Christus Victor comes from the title of Gustaf Aulén’s groundbreaking book 1st published in ’31 which drew attention to early Church understanding of.
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Since Satisfaction Theory arose from the penance based system of Anselm of Canterbury, its focus is on Law. For me, it helped me understand some of my own discomfort with “penal subsitution”, as well as the scope of how the body christue Christ have wrestled with this doctrine through the ages. Mar 04, Graham Heslop rated it liked it.
In this “classic” view, Jesus came to Earth to free us from our bondage to sin, death and the Devil, and his crucifixion and return to life were a victorious conquering of our slavery to victod and sin.
Thus God the Father and God the Son are not set at odds by the Cross with the first in the role of Judge and the second in the role of Sinner, but are united in seeking the downfall of the Devil’s system of sin, death, and Law that enslaves humanity. Probably similar in ways to Stott’s The Cross of Christ. Furthermore, Death, Sin, and the Devil victoe forces in Christus Victorare overthrown since Jesus’ subsequent Resurrection breaks the dominion they once held over human life.
Mar 15, Charles Sr. The Latin view was held by the later medieval theologians such as Thomas Aquinas and is dominant in Catholic theology, as is expressed in the Mass.
Once the Devil accepted Christ’s death as a ransom, this theory concluded, justice was satisfied and God was able to free us from Satan’s grip. I should note that many Christians view the two views of atonement auldn complimentary rather than mutually exclusive.
This view he calls the “classic” idea of the atonement.
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I do not think he dealt as fairly with St Anselm as he could have. Gustaff is it now to be a ‘Lord’? However, the dualism implied in this ransom theory is not a metaphysical dualism such as Infinite and finite or spirit and matter or absolute dualism such as Good and Evil as in Zoroastrianism or Manicheanism. He seeks to demonstrate that the penance systems of Satisfaction Theory and Penal Substitution place an undue emphasis on man’s obligation to offer payment to God and on God’s obligation to Law.
Both the ransom and the satisfaction theories strike me as psychotic, what with their personifications of good and evil, notions o I obtained this book in New York. God’s descent to becoming a man and ultimately dying for humanity is the way of humility, Christ’s act of emptying himself “to the point of death Feb 15, Tony rated it really liked it. Being relatively short, odds are we read it between two class sessions as a supplement to the primary source materials covered.
Everybody else is suspect as they might be suspicious of the whole arrangement. I’d like more thoughts on how specifically a reformed atonement theology can be recast to allow for classic atonement theology, but that’s not really his project, so I’ll have to go el Solid overview of atonement theology. Sep 05, M rated it it was amazing.
Aulen’s stated purpose is to outline the classic view of the atonement and to compare it to the objective latin model and the subjective exemplar model.
In that view, God is somewhat schizoid, because God loves humans but also condemns them for their waywardness, and the crucifixion and atonement are ways God has of being both the enactor and recipient of God’s grace.
Since man sinned, man must pay it.
Starting with Irenaeus early 2nd century as one of the earliest and clearest examples of the ‘classic idea’ “The Word of God, who is God Himself, has entered in under the conditions of sin and death, to take up the conflict with the powers of evil and carry it through This was a fantastic read! Lists with This Book. November 20, By: But after all these years, do we really understand the meaning of the Cross or have we exhausted all of its meaning?
Gustav provides what, in his time, was a groundbreaking theological resurrection of what he calls the ‘classic’ view of the atonement – that is, the view held by the Church Fathers and, as he argues, the Apostles.
It is a familiar idea we cyristus in Protestant churches. Is not “‘being able to die’ subject to sacrifice” the birth of human subject prior to, beyond, or otherwise than being? Sin, death, and the devil. This book is very good if you can get past the learning curve.
January Learn how and when to remove this template message. Another exception to this linear progression is Tertullian, who along with Gregory the Great, started the motif of the judicial or legalistic view of atonement, which was later picked up and fully developed by Anselm of Canterbury, thus consolidating the view for the whole medieval period.
He redeemed it still united to his nature on the cross. The idea is that Christ, the second Adam, yustaf the power of sin and death that subjugated humanity ever since the first Adam.
Bad history and weak systematic imagination.
Any theories we build up as to how Christ’s death did all this are, in my view, quite secondary: The Hebrew word ” tikkun olam ,” repairing the world, has the same idea. The Latin views incorporate merit and penance in the atonment model. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed.