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The Faith of the Christian Church


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Gustaf Aulen’s classic text of systematic theology, The Christian Faith, should be a welcome delight to the Christian theologian. The reputation of this work has steadily increased over the years as a clear and sound guide to the substance of the Christian faith.

Besides treating the whole compass of traditional themes associated with the doctrines of God, Christ, and the church, Aulen has provided new chapters on the communion of saints and on the relation between Scripture and tradition. The chapters on the biblical validation of the content of faith, the doctrine of the Lord's Supper, and the unity of the church and the disunity of the churches provide keen theological insight edifying to all Christians. The statements on the relation between the two testaments, creation and redemption, natural law, the resurrection, the validity of infant baptism, and eschatology address the key issues in debate.

Aulen’s keen analysis and clear presentation of the fundamental motifs of the Christian faith, his sharp demarcation of these motifs from their aberrations in the history of Christian thought and in contemporary theology, and especially his profound sense of the oneness of the church’s faith have endeared this book to students, theologians, clergymen, and hosts of intelligent and inquiring laity of every denomination.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Don’t forget Gustaf Aulen’s classic exposition on the atonement: Christus Victor: An Historical Study of the Three Main Types of the Idea of Atonement.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive systematic statement of the Christian faith
  • Covers core theological debates, including the distinction between Law and gospel, and the Lord’s Supper
  • Examines the hermeneutical tension between tradition and Scripture


  • Introduction: Faith and Theology
  • The Christian Concept of God
  • The God Who Acts
  • The Act of God in Christ
  • The Broken and Restored Relationship with God
  • The Nature of the Church
  • The Constitutive Factors of the Church
  • The Church in the Present Age
  • The Church in Light of the Present Hope

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About Gustaf Aulen

Gustaf Aulen (1879–1977) was a distinguished Swedish theologian, Lutheran bishop, educator, lecturer, writer, and leader of the ecumenical movement. A leader of the Lundsian School of Theology, Aulen gained popularity for his immensley influential work Christus Victor: An Historical Study of the Three Main Types of the Idea of Atonement, a historical examination of the doctrine of atonement.

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