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Since its publication in English in 1930, Christus Victor has become a modern classic in Christian theology. The author, Dr. Gustaf Aulén (1879-1977) was professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Lund, Sweden. His work re-opened the door to an understanding of what he termed the "classic" idea of the atonement.
Christus Victor explores the meaning and traces the history of each of the three major theories of the atonement. The book is not written to prove one theory over the other, but the incisive review of each theory, along with the copious quotations from primary sources, leaves the reader with no doubt as to which idea the author preferred. The Classic idea, or Ransom Theory, or what can now simply be called Christus Victor, clearly rises to the top.
Though theologically dense, this small book will enliven the hearts and quicken the imagination of readers diligent enough to spend a few hours immersed in Christus Victor. At the heart of the Classic idea of atonement is a long-neglected view of God that will thrill many readers with hopeful expectation for the ultimate victory we all await.
For George MacDonald fans, who have perhaps wondered how he could have been so adamantly against substitutionary atonement, this book will explain a very different way of looking at the atonement that is in perfect harmony with what MacDonald would hold to. Fans of C.S. Lewis may be thrilled to see the theology behind Aslan's death at the Stone Table in The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe clearly laid out in teachings from the early church.
** Includes the foreword and the first two chapters of the book. The book contains 8 chapters in total and will hopefully be available for purchase shortly on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon.
Gustaf Emanuel Hildebrand Aulén (born 15 May 1879, died 16 December 1977) was a Lutheran theologian, the Bishop of Strängnäs in the Church of Sweden. Aulén's most famous work - Christus Victor - in 1930, was translated into English in 1931. This work still exerts considerable influence on contemporary theological thinking on the atonement, and is the work from which most people would know the term "Christus Victor" in reference to the atonement.