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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For an extensive victoe see http: But that, obviously, doesn’t complete the job promised by the two older ideas, it just po9ints one in a good direction. The classical view of atonement is sometimes referred to as the “ransom” theory, because Christ’s life is offered as “a ransom for many,” as Mark A thought-provoking read which does expose the distinction between Luther’s understanding of the atonement and the other common understandings.

History of “Christus Victor” Note: November 20, By: Not a definitive treatment, but a helpful remedy for those raised to believe that there has only ever been one understanding of what happened on Golgotha. Luther is a master of juxtaposing the opposites: Very good – read to understand what the earliest Chrisitans believed concering the atonement.

Megan rated it it was amazing Mar 02, Instead by suffering a death that, before the Law, meant an accursed status, Christ, instead of satisfying an obligation, overthrew the power of the Law, since its condemnation of a perfect man was unjust. Being relatively short, odds are we read it between two class sessions as a supplement to the primary source materials covered.

Succintly and passionately he exposits this ancient alternative: 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.


Christus Victor

As Marcus Borg writes, “for [the Christus Victor] view, the domination system, understood as something much larger than the Roman governor and the temple aristocracy, is responsible chrristus the death of Jesus… The domination system killed Jesus and thereby disclosed its moral bankruptcy and ultimate defeat.

The theory teaches that the death of Christ was a ransom, usually said to have been paid to Satanin satisfaction of his cheistus claim on the souls of humanity as a result of sin. This view, Aulen maintains, keeps from the errors of penance systems emphasizing Law and man, and reveals the unity within the Trinity’s redemptive plan and the freedom of the forgiveness shown by God through Christ. In their view, the “divine opposition” is only apparent since the Father desires reconciliation with mankind and Jesus willingly offers himself as a penal substitute.

There, too, it is God who offers the sacrifice to Himself.

Xulen the language of Christus Victor is foreign to you, it simply means Christ the Victor. Growing up in the evangelical church, I had always assumed that “penal substitution” was simply the only way of understanding Christ’s atoning work. What will I find here?

Christus Victor by Gustaf Aulén

chriztus I believe this is primarily due to an inconsiste Gustav provides what, in his time, was a christsu 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.

For me, it helped me understand some vcitor my own discomfort with “penal subsitution”, as well as the scope of how the body of Christ have wrestled with this doctrine through the ages. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations.


Both of these models are objective, but while the penal view rescues humanity from God’s punishment, the Christus Victor view sees the atonement as rescuing humanity from demonic oppression.

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When Satan accepted Christ as the ransom for our deliverance he was unable to hold him because of his sinlessness. God, however, tricked the Devil into accepting Christ’s death as a ransom, for the Devil did not realize that Christ could not be held in the bonds of death. In his death and resurrection Jesus did, in point of fact, defeat and overthrow the dominion of Satan and sever his grip on the souls of men.

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It is very helpful in adding to or helping you develop your theology on the atonement. After all, Barth had completely revised his commentary on the Epistle to the Romanswhich was published in the second edition ; and his work on the Church Dogmatics only began sometime between at Bonn where he held a short tenure as Professor of Systematic Theology before taking a post in Basel, Switzerland.

Since man sinned, man must pay it.