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

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Christianity is Cool Part 4: The idea here is ordering.

I simply find lots in liberal theology helpful. Basically, the stoicheia were the cosmic and spiritual forces that structured and ordered the universe as well as being the forces that determined your fate. My befkhof Help Advanced Book Search.

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But before lunch, he can say: Berkhof is on to something henrrikus is often missed in Biblical studies. I have no idea how to do 2. Jesus and Violence Toward People or Property? Hermeneutics as Enchantment Part 5: I’m not qualified to judge that claim. This review will be updated later, time permitting: The question Berkhof asks is if Paul shared this conception, conceiving of the Powers as personalized spiritual beings, or if Paul departed in significant ways from the Jewish apocalyptic tradition.


The stoicheia are rules, regulations, traditions and moral philosophies. This page was last edited on 30 Mayat Bonhoeffer’s Letters from Prision Part 1: Hollowed Out Part 3: This is in line with what is said in Ephesians about angry behaviour and other sins giving a foothold to the devil i. When Bad is Good Part ans Scarcity and Spiritual Formation Part 1: Hans Deventer rated it really liked it Jan 14, 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.

But I have some sympathy for Tim F and the “slavish adherence to modern neuroses” take. People might th like the liberal theological project, but I’m not doing it for people. Evolutionary Stable Strategies Gossip, Part 3: I have a rather low view of “rational argument” and its ability to persuade people.

No trivia or quizzes yet. 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.

This biographical article about a Dutch academic is a stub. To clarify a bit, this emphasis on demythologizing is more mine than Berkhof. I’m the center of something. I berrkhof 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.

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 Hendrlkus is saying. The Scarcity Trap Part 3: The Arcane Disciplne Part 6: The Third Place Part 8: I readily admit that my theological inclinations are to reconcile the biblical worldview with modernity. This begins to expresses what “religion” means to me, i.


Christ and the Powers by Hendrikus Berkhof. A quick, refreshing, and fantastic foray into Paul’s language of powers. Preview — Christ and the Powers by Hendrikus Berkhof. Oct 04, Sheldon rated it it was amazing.

Christ and the Powers by Hendrikus Berkhof

That is a tension I would embrace. And lets get practical about this. Teer Hardy rated it really liked it Sep 27, The church is primarily tasked with resisting the forces that would reinstate the old powers, and Christ is the one to enforce His sovereignty. Promotes a “non-spiritual” view of “powers” as social structures, fallen but redeemed by Christ.

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. The Little Way of St. Oct 30, Stephen rated it it was amazing. One conclusion we can take from all this is that Paul’s conception of the Powers was different from that found in Jewish apocalyptic thought. Very interesting, but very introductory.