Christus Victor: An Historical Study of the Three Main Types of the Idea of Atonement

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Sep 5, 2003 - Religion - 182 pages
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Gustaf Aulen's classic work, 'Christus Victor', has long been a standard text on the atonement. Aulen applies "history of ideas' methodology to historical theology in tracing the development of three views of the atonement. Aulen asserts that in traditional histories of the doctrine of the atonement only two views have usually been presented, the objective/Anselmian and the subjective/Aberlardian views. According to Aulen, however, there is another type of atonement doctrine in which Christ overcomes the hostile powers that hold humanity in subjection, at the same time that God in Christ reconciles the world to Himself. This view he calls the "classic" idea of the atonement. Because of its predominance in the New Testament, in patristic writings, and in the theology of Luther, Aulen holds that the classic type may be called the distinctively Christian idea of the atonement.
 

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User Review  - matthewgray - LibraryThing

Excellent and insightful. Even though Aulen's analysis is not 100% accurate and comprehensive when critiquing Anselm's doctrine etc., however inasmuch as the main thrust of his thesis is concerned, he ... Read full review

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TRANSLATORs PREFACE ║
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justice must be satisfied True the Atonement is in a sense Gods
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analysis not to make an apologia for the classic idea yet it
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of Christ the Obedience of His human life His Death
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the
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THE MIDDLE AGEs
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revival of the classic idea
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the tyrants The former idea is Pauline as we have seen
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SINCE THE REFoRMATION
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Bishop Gustaf Aulen (1879-1977) was a distinguished Swedish theologian, educator, lecturer, writer, and leader of the ecumenical movement. A leader of the Lundsian School of Theology, Aulen is also known in the English speaking world for his 'Faith of the Christian Church.'

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