Tag Atonement

Christus Victor and 1 Peter 3

The formation and refining of a Christian’s theology is the result of a continuous conversation between Scripture and theology. Though exegesis seeks to understand the plain meaning of Scripture, inevitably...

Christus Victor and The Gospels

In John 6:15, after Jesus feeds the 5000, we read: “Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again...

Christus Victor in Patristic Theology, Irenaeus and Martin Luther

Much of Aulén’s Christus Victor is devoted to historical theology—or dogmatics. His treatment is delightfully broad. However, many of the criticisms made regarding his use of the New Testament apply...

Christus Victor and the New Testament

The Bible presents us with a victory motif, often brought together under the Christus Victor view of the atonement. This post is the third in a series considering Gustav Aulén’s...

A Broad Critique of Christus Victor

My previous post introduced this series, which will reflect specifically Gustav Aulén’s Christus Victor and more generally on that view of the atonement. In the first post we considered the...

Retrieving Christus Victor

Despite the criticisms levelled against Mel Gibson’s The Passion, especially from Protestant quarters, his portrayal of Gethsemane is profoundly theological. After pleading with the Father to be spared the cross,...

Book Review: The Victory of the Cross (James Payton Jr)

Reading about the Eastern Orthodox tradition bears some similarities to meeting a long lost family member. There are undeniable traits, even recognisable gestures, and patent indicators of familial resemblance. But...

Christus Victor: Victory without Deceit

Last week I reviewed The Forgotten Cross. Lee Gatiss’ book is a welcome addition to the innumerable works we have on the cross, for while he affirms penal substitutionary atonement...

Book Review: The Forgotten Cross

In this short but stirring work, Lee Gatiss calls Christians back to “the poetry of the gospel, and the multifaceted beauty of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (p108)....

Good Friday: The Cry of Dereliction

The day had turned to dark, long before the sun set, as Jesus Christ hung on the cross. His enduring faith in his Father in heaven had brought him to...

Why We Don't Do Sacrifices

I've finally reached the point in my Bible Education curriculum (part of my ministry is teaching Bible Ed. at a Christian school) where I get to draw all the threads...

What's the deal with Sacrifices?

I had the opportunity to present an assembly at Grace College. Given the lead up to Easter, I was asked to talk about sacrifices. I decided to tackle the distance...