Apr 14, Ryan Dufoe rated it really liked it I gave it a 4 as a classic within the history of the church and NOT as a free-standing work. I think much better anthologies of thought on atonement theory have been written, but the importance this book has in bringing the Christus Victor view back into the conversation is part of the reason why the other books are so good. I appreciated the read among my other readings in the field for what it was. Aug 04, Jacob Aitken added it Triumphing over the powers, July 15, This book provides an historically-faithful alternative to the substitutionary and exemplary models of the atonement.
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What is the meaning of Christus Victor? Question: "What is the meaning of Christus Victor? The idea that God is a Judge who was willing to kill His own Son to atone for the sins of humanity is repugnant to opponents of substitutionary theory. Problems with Christus Victor Christus Victor has two main flaws. The Bible clearly presents the suffering of Christ as a propitiation , or satisfaction 1 John The question then is, what was satisfied?
God is fully aware that the Law puts us into a bind, legally speaking. Paul, who was himself an expert in the Law, explains that the Law exists to show us that we are sinful Romans —12; He calls the Law holy, righteous, and good Romans God upholds justice because He is perfect 1 John He also knows that we cannot attain perfection and that we will violate justice, because it is in our nature to do so Romans — Christus Victor sees the penal substitution theory of the atonement as violent and unpleasant.
However, the doctrine of propitiation is biblical, and the Bible does say that Christ took our punishment upon Himself. He became a curse for us Galatians , and He was made sin on our behalf 2 Corinthians
What is the meaning of Christus Victor? Question: "What is the meaning of Christus Victor? The idea that God is a Judge who was willing to kill His own Son to atone for the sins of humanity is repugnant to opponents of substitutionary theory. Problems with Christus Victor Christus Victor has two main flaws. The Bible clearly presents the suffering of Christ as a propitiation , or satisfaction 1 John
Christus Victor: The Salvation of God and the Cross of Christ
Theology Christus Victor: The Salvation of God and the Cross of Christ Because the death and resurrection of Jesus are central to Christian faith, they have been the subjects of theological reflection from the beginning. But in the classic view i. He was also the author of Christus Victor: An Historical Study of the Three Main Types of the Idea of Atonement , a book that has had considerable influence in the study of theology on the issue of the atonement. The cross is understood not as a work of the love or grace of God but rather of the powers of evil that God overcomes. God will triumph. I propose to look briefly at the Gospel of John and a few passages in Paul to show how certain texts lend themselves to an understanding of the atonement that can aptly be classified under the rubric of Christus Victor. Both portray human beings as captive to sin and death, and in need of deliverance or liberation.