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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Critical realism in the scholastic sense is just as viable as critical realism in the contemporary sense Also, as someone who grew up playing computer RPGs such as Diablo II, I think that the language of “powers and principalities” is a cool way of depicting the issue.

A Walk with William James Part 1: The Theology of Serpents Part 4: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Oct 04, Sheldon rated it it was amazing. So when I read this chriet Berkhof, that Paul had this tendency, I pulled it for my notes i.

Personally, the more central to historical christianity a certain doctrine is, the more tenaciously I feel responsible not to cast it aside carelessly.

Piper Ramsey rated it it was amazing Feb 11, This page was last edited on 30 Mayat Notice how Christ’s defeat of the Powers v. The Colossians were alive to some inner force that was causing them to engage in ascetic practices.

I speak from personal experience. Illicit Hybrids Part 6: Christ and the powers. As I read Wink, he is decidedly agnostic about this personal aspect, and about how realist or nominalist we should be about the forms.


The Christians Paul is writing to are submitting to these stoicheiasomething that Paul describes as a captivity or bondage verse 8.

Christ and the powers – Hendrikus Berkhof, John Howard Yoder – Google Books

Kind of reminds me of the Veggie tales song, “Jesus is bigger than the Boogy Man. Memphis Civil Rights Family Trip 2: Berkhof succeeds in opening up the conversation about what Paul means by principalities and powers which Berkhof hendrikuw includes or is solely worldly systems – ‘stoicheia’. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In one sense I didn’t get a whole lot out of reading this book, since Yoder goes over Berkhof’s conclusions in some detail in PoJ.

Religious Experience Part 3: The idea here is ordering.

Christ and the Powers

San Quentin Part 6: And it’s fine to share those insights with anyone to whom they’re helpful. What was Paul imagining when he spoke of “the Powers”? The Big Sort Part 5: But I think the second Wink is much more interesting, also intellectually defensible, and opens up wider horizons of inquiry. Suddenly it becomes clear why Paul hendriius the stoicheia with the Powers. Refresh and try again.

With this metaphysic in hand, one that Paul would presumably embrace even though he never elaborated it as such, stoicheia, as letters, can seamlessly refer to both the words of the law spoken by God, and the words of Creation spoken by God. In short, Berkhof argues, Paul was involved in a process of demythologization: It is clear that these realities are not all thought of as persons, much less as angels.

It is instead that worshiping the words, like worshiping the angels, are examples of disordered worship. The point is about not being able to be separated from god’s love is it not? Scarcity and Spiritual Formation Part 1: From inside the book.

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Christ and the Powers – Hendrikus Berkhof – Google Books

Rik Bikker rated it really liked it May 08, Humor as Prophecy Part 3: I get digging a lot from liberal who think I should give up wholesale on all the spooky talk. In examining this list Berkhof argues that Paul wasn’t conceiving of the Powers in any personalized sense. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. The way the list is composed should not by any stretch cause us to cast personal forces in an impersonal light or cast impersonal forces in a personal light.

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.

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Jack Sparrow Part 4: I think there are very good reasons to reject Boyd’s hendrimus for angels and demons. And I will admit that the “affluent, white, rationalistic Westerners” remark was over the top. High and Low Part 5: I highly recommend it for any Christian trying to find their way in this social and political climate.