Christus Victor view of Atonement

What Happens to Atonement Theory Without Satan? (podcast)

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Greg and Nick consider the role of the principalities and powers on atonement theory. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0712.mp3

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Why Did God Require Animal Sacrifice in the Old Testament?

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Question: I have a question about the atonement. Why did YHWH in the OT demand that people sacrifice animals? And if these sacrifices anticipated the ultimate sacrifice of the Messiah, as the author of Hebrews…

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Why Did Jesus Die on the Cross?

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If asked why Jesus had to die on the cross, most Christians today would immediately answer, “To pay for my sins.” Jesus certainly paid the price for our sins, but it might surprise some reader…

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Atonement: What is the Christus Victor View?

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Most western Christians today understand the atonement as a sort of legal-transaction that took place between the Father and the Son that got humanity “off the hook.” The legal-transaction scenario goes something like this: God’s…

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The “Christus Victor” View of the Atonement

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God accomplished many things by having his Son become incarnate and die on Calvary. Through Christ God revealed the definitive truth about himself (Rom 5:8, cf. Jn 14:7-10); reconciled all things, including humans, to himself…

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The All-Too-Common Montage God

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How do you picture God? It’s impossible to exaggerate the importance of a believer’s mental picture of God. The intensity of your love for God will never outrun the beauty of the God you envision…

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Christus Victor Atonement and Girard’s Scapegoat Theory

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Many of the major criticisms of Crucifixion of the Warrior God that have been raised since it was published four weeks ago have come from folks who advocate Rene Girard’s understanding of the atonement. A…

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A Brief Theology of Salvation

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In the NT, one of the most frequent and fundamental images used to depict our salvation is “redemption.” The root of this term lytron means a “ransom” or “price of release,” and the term itself…

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What Does it Mean to be “Saved”?

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The common legal-framework view of salvation encourages people to understand it as mere acquittal, but there is much more to it than that. First let’s consider what God saved us FROM. It’s certainly true that…

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God is Like a Trojan Horse

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Yesterday, I introduced a basic understanding of the Christus Victor view of Christ’s work on the cross. [Click here to read it.] Today, I want to expand on this briefly. Because God is a God…

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Forgiveness in the Christus Victor View of the Atonement

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Did Jesus need to die on the cross to satisfy God’s wrath in order for us to be forgiven? Greg discusses the role of forgiveness in the Christus Victor view of the Atonement.

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God’s Aikido Way of Defeating Evil

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Greg continues his thoughts on the atonement with this installment highlighting the way God uses the evil intentions and actions of his enemies to bring about good. And because this strategy is based in love,…

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Bible in the shadow of the Cross

Answering an Objection to a Cross-Centered Approach to Scripture

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Through Greg’s Facebook and Twitter, we’ve been getting some great feedback and questions regarding his cross-centered approach to Scripture. Several have voiced questions similar to the reader’s (below), so we thought it would be helpful to post Greg’s answer here on his blog.

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