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

by Gustaf Aulén

Paperback, 2003





First published in 1931. Aulen identifies three main types of Atonement theories: the 'classic' view commonly known as 'Ransom Theory'; the 'Latin' or 'objective' view, commonly known as 'Satisfaction' or 'Penal Substitution Theory', and the 'subjective' view, often known as the 'Moral Influence' theory.



Wipf and Stock (2003), 182 pages


½ (37 ratings; 3.9)

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LibraryThing member matthewgray
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 is remarkable. Penal substitution is definitely there in the atonement, this is clear from the OT
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sacrificial system, but it is not all there is. Thoroughly recommended so that we can rejoice more fully in our Saviour's work.
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