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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Hendrikus Berkhof

Glorious Treachery Part 5: A Walk with William James Part 1: Trivia About Christ and the Po The Colossians were alive to some inner force that was causing them to engage in ascetic practices. Piper Ramsey rated it it was amazing Feb 11, Enchantment, the Porous Self and the Spirit Part 5: How do you, if you are reading me charitably, go from “people who struggle with belief in literal demons will find demythologizing approaches like Wink’s helpful” to “affluent, white, rationalistic Westerners are the best people to determine what Paul is saying”?

The Consuming Fire Unspoken Sermons: May 22, Volkert added it. 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.


Apr 06, Mike Mellison rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Pirate Code of the Kingdom. My interest in this issue is of a practical nature. It’s why, as a henxrikus person, I actually write a great deal about the Powers, demons and the satanic. 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. Chances are this struggler only gets invited into further struggle, into my own struggle, which is a pretty hendirkus and unsatisfactory response.

There the Powers refer to categories of angelic beings. Snakebite, Death and Victory. I’m working out my own salvation in fear and trembling.

High and Low Part 5: You could leave this as an open question–without suggesting that somehow affluent, white, rationalistic Westerners the only people I know who don’t believe in demons are the best people to determine what Paul is saying. Teer Hardy rated it really liked it Sep 27, I got interested in it from reading Yoder’s “The Politics of Jesus”, which draws on it quite extensively.

Want to Read saving…. Their angelic nature is–to say the least–not emphasized. It is instead that worshiping the words, like worshiping the angels, are examples of disordered worship.

Christ and the Powers – Hendrikus Berkhof – Google Books

Realism being used in the scholastic sense, claiming that demons, like other ideas, possess some kind of reality beyond their status as ideas. The idea here is ordering. So you can add that this not-knowing might also have little urgency or importance anyway.

Illicit Hybrids Part 6: The opposing “powers” can be anything that any given person might possibly imagine and fear. The church is primarily tasked with resisting the force Berkhof provides a unique perspective on the “powers” Paul mentions in several places in his writings. But I have some sympathy for Tim F and bekrhof “slavish adherence to modern neuroses” take.

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Larry Harvey rated it it was amazing Nov 30, I think I was responding to what I saw as a move from “I don’t believe in demons” to “O.

The attempt to depersonalize exousiae based on precious little actual evidence in the text makes Berkhof’s reading feel strained.

Living Under the Sign of Death Part 6: One interesting addition, drawing from Yoder’s own discussion of stoicheia in Naming the Powers, is that the term also refers to the letters of the alphabet. Jack Sparrow Part 4: Jason Evans rated it really liked it Jul 14, Preterism and the Resurrection of the Dead. It seems to me the biblical worldview should not accept the forced choice between spiritual and material reality that is being dictated by modernism in this case.

Christ and the Powers by Hendrikus Berkhof

Hendrik Powerss probing study of Paul’s references to the ‘powers’ in his epistles — translated from the Dutch by John H. The Dark Night of Faith and Love. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Hans Deventer rated it really liked it Jan 14,