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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He’s just noting that Paul’s description of the Powers is more depersonalized than what is seen in other chhrist Jewish accounts. The Eccentric Economy of Love Part 7: Jan 10, Mad Russian the Traveller rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fertile thoughts, much room for continuing development.

First published in and later translated to English from the Dutch by John Chist Yoder, this is a seminal work of theology on the New Testament concept of the “principalities and powers.

The Hermeneutics of the Temple Action Part 1: This tiny monograph reviews the use of the term “Powers” by the apostle Paul and sets out the rationale for a modern treatment of the subject. Dec 29, M Christopher rated it liked it Shelves: The church is primarily tasked berhof resisting the force Berkhof provides a unique perspective on the hendrious Paul mentions in several places in his writings.

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Illicit Hybrids Part 6: A New Theology Part 2: The point is about not being able to be separated from god’s love is it not? Worm Theology Part 9: Promotes a “non-spiritual” view of “powers” as social structures, fallen but redeemed by Christ.


Christianity is Cool Part 4: I think I was responding to what I saw as a move from “I don’t believe berknof demons” to “O. First, this meaning of stoicheia fits very nicely alongside Paul’s critique of those who would subject others to ‘the letter of the law’.

Berkhof provides a unique perspective on the “powers” Paul mentions in several places in his writings. I get the criticisms. The Wonder of Things Part 4: 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 sum, Berkhof argues that Paul definitely saw the Powers, along with the Jewish apocalyptic tradition, as exerting influence upon the earth, upon human affairs in particular.

Well, according to many of the ancients the forces that set up and ground the order of the world, universe and cosmos were spiritual beings. For me, this scenario you brought up sets the stage for a completely banal instance of the struggle for belief in any aspect of any religion. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powersneither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Click for Part 2 of 3. The Democratization of Holiness Part 2: Glorious Treachery Part 5: I don’t have an informed opinion on what Paul might have primarily had in mind, but the term works equally well to critique an obsessive and narrow legalism, word and letter mysticism, and Greek atomism.


What was Paul imagining when he spoke of “the Powers”? In this book, Berkhof analyzes the apostle Paul’s use of terms such as “Powers”, “Thrones”, and “Principalities”.

Christ and the Powers by Hendrikus Berkhof

Hello, Interested to read your blog and comments. Welcome to the blog of Richard Beckauthor and professor of psychology at Abilene Christian University beckr acu. He acknowledges that there is an irreducible trace that is not captured in the language of psychology or sociology. A short book about a profound subject. A New View Part 1: Christ and the Powers by Hendrikus Berkhof. This sounds to me an awful lot like our “modern” experience of superstitious fear e. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

This is an important foundational work, especially for those interested in liberation theology, institutional sin and so forth.

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To ask other readers questions about Christ and the Powersplease sign up. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A Peculiar People Part 2: Stuff White People Like Part 6: That is a tension I would embrace. I think this is important: And I apologize for being overly sensitive about that remark, but it’s close to a slur. To clarify a bit, this emphasis on demythologizing is more mine than Berkhof. Rik Bikker rated it really liked it May 08, I am particularly fascinated by the readings of the text that this opens up.

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