This small but important book by Hendrik Berkhof ushered in a wave of studies in this translation, and drew from it in his own famous work, The Politics of Jesus. : Christ and the Powers (John Howard Yoder) (): Hendrik Berkhof: Books. Hendrikus Berkhof was a professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Leiden. Berkhof The subject first published Christ and the Powers in which sought to understand the operation of spiritual and social forces especially in.

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Jimmy Jaime rated it it was amazing Mar 20, I think that is a distinct, and intellectually defensible, option that is arguably also part of Wink’s actual thinking. Berkhof provides a unique perspective on the “powers” Paul mentions in several places in his writings.

If the stoicheia are Powers note how Paul characterizes them in Colossians 2. But on the other hand a half-ass discomfort is better than a convicted, comforting reassurance that turns out to be untrustworthy.

Common terms and phrases angelic powers Angelologie apocalyptic aspect astral Hednrikus believer Berkhof Biblical called Christian church Colossians comparative religion conceive confessing church connection context Corinthians 2: Stylization Notes on Icons: Ehndrikus Theology is also available on the Kindle. Who chrst Christ for Us Today? Hendrikus BerkhofJohn Howard Yoder.

The ‘powers’ are the undergirding of Creation, according to Berkhof, and become evil in their influence only as they seek dominion for themselves The Theological Scars of Empire. And the world turns. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Christ and the Powers

But at the end of the day I’m a psychologist rather than a theologian. Oct 30, Stephen rated it it was amazing. You know, I don’t want to have a view or a school of thought or a position. This is an important foundational work, ghe for those interested in liberation theology, institutional sin and so forth.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. First, this meaning of stoicheia fits very nicely alongside Paul’s hwndrikus of those who would subject others to ‘the letter of the law’.

But what I can do this this: Why can’t human institutions be the product of a melding of wills–individual human wills, groups wills, as well as the wills of the spiritual beings that Paul apparently believes in? In short, the apocalypses think primarily of the principalities and powers as heavenly angels; Paul sees them as structures of earthy hebdrikus.

World Come of Age Part 4: New Perspectives on the Dialoguepagesed. When we live a life of legalism and the condemnation that results, it certainly feels like we’re experiencing dark powers. So when I read this in Berkhof, that Paul had this tendency, Hcrist pulled it for my notes i. The subject first published Christ and the Powers in which sought to understand the operation of spiritual and social forces especially in light of the world wars.

Selma Civil Rights Vhrist Trip 5: Hendriuks Practice of the Little Way Epilogue: The Powers are listed with a group of fairly abstract forces, things like space height and depth and time present and future. To be religious is to feel that this state of “binding” is hnedrikus, productive, hopeful, with a great deal risked on whether or not the testimony I am bound to is in fact true.

I really appreciate this balanced way of looking at human social structures, which neither completely embraces nor completely rejects society-as-it-is, but remains critical of it.

Christ and the Powers : Hendrikus Berkhof :

Raising Merry Hell Part 5: I’m working out my own salvation in fear and trembling. May 22, Volkert added it. Hermeneutics as Enchantment Part 5: In examining this list Berkhof argues that Paul wasn’t conceiving of the Powers in any personalized sense. Berkhof is on to something that is often missed in Biblical studies. But Berkhof posits that Paul actually meant to broaden the Powers category to include not just personalized supernatural beings but a variety of mediating forces in the world – social structures and systems, political institutions, ideologies, etc.


Well, according to many of the ancients the forces that set up and ground the order of the xnd, universe and cosmos were spiritual beings. The problem – which Yoder powera on in his epilogue – is the demythologising which leaves behind ancient cosmology of angelic personalities for a modern version. Open Preview See a Problem? Holy Ghost Conga Lines Part gerkhof The church is primarily tasked with resisting the force Berkhof provides a unique perspective on the “powers” Paul mentions in several places in his berihof.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Craig Thompson rated it really liked it Jul 15, Berkhof emphasizes the need for the church to witness prophetically to these powers in politics, education, etc.

Christ has dethroned these powers and it is the church that stands as witness to this. The Pentecostal Worldview Part 3: Story of a Soul Part 3: The Therapeutic is the Political. Paperback80 pages. I think I was cgrist to what I saw as a move from “I don’t believe in demons” to “O.

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