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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Berkhof succeeds in opening up the conversation about what Paul means by principalities and powers which Berkhof thinks includes or is solely worldly systems – ‘stoicheia’. But I have some sympathy for Tim F and the “slavish adherence to modern neuroses” take. To ask other readers questions about Christ and the Powersplease sign up. Critical realism in the scholastic sense is just as viable as critical realism in the contemporary sense I’ve been meditating on Colossians 2 lately and verses 20,21 are pertinent in this regard.

I hear that and understand those concerns.

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. I readily admit that my theological inclinations are to reconcile the biblical worldview with modernity. One can also be a realist, and critique the mapping between our own ideas and the ideas in the world; it does not entail reification.

Who is Christ for Us Today? 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. And I will admit that the “affluent, white, rationalistic Westerners” remark was over the top. I don’t know what to do with those “irreconcilable differences. Stuff White People Like Part 6: Return to Book Page. May 22, Volkert added it.


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I think theological argument is often ad hoc. Humor as Prophecy Part 3: I speak from personal experience.

Hello, Interested to read your blog and comments. Nevertheless, it does seem clear that Paul deliberately does not emphasize the personal nature of these forces. It was the basis for powrs better known, multi-volume work by Walter Wink on the same subject. A New View Part 1: Mar 11, Mayowa Adebiyi rated it liked it.

San Quentin Part 6: I get the criticisms.

Christ and the Powers: Part 1, Paul’s Demythologization of the Powers

Hendrik Berkhof’s probing study of Paul’s references to the ‘powers’ in his epistles — translated from the Dutch by John H. 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. Broken Bridges Part 4: Enchantment, the Porous Self and the Spirit Part 5: Experimental Theology is also available on the Kindle. Sexuality Heretics and Disagreement Atonement: This sounds to me an awful lot like our “modern” experience of superstitious fear e.

The Theology of Serpents Part 4: It is clear that these realities are not all thought of as persons, much less as angels.

How to Avoid the Dark Side Part 4: He was also involved in the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and served as president of the Ecumenical Council of the Netherlands from Snakebite, Death and Victory. Robb rated hendrkkus really liked it Aug 08, Christ has dethroned these powers and it is the church that stands as witness to this. Paul has said in verse 15 that these principalities and powers chrisr been disarmed through Christ’s death and that they no longer have power over us.


The attempt to depersonalize exousiae based on precious little actual evidence in the text makes Berkhof’s reading feel strained. The Wonder of Things Part 4: Honestly, Jonathan, I don’t know where you get this stuff or why you take swipes like this.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. But I find Berkhof’s argument so interesting and compelling that I am giving it five stars anyway.

Christ and the Powers by Hendrikus Berkhof

I prefer, therefore, to regard them as the impersonal spiritual realities at bekhof center of institutional life. If I have a struggling believer in front of who doesn’t believe in literal demons what are my options? Richard, I hear that you’d like to reconcile a biblical worldview with modernity but in this case it seems like the modernism gets the cake and eats it too and the biblical worldview is getting completely silenced. It’s why, as a modern person, I actually write a great deal about the Powers, demons and the satanic.

Ian Barbour Christian Faith: Fertile thoughts, much room for continuing development. The way the list powdrs composed should not by any stretch cause us to cast personal forces in an impersonal chriet or cast impersonal forces in a personal light. The Arcane Disciplne Part 6: Brian Nyamwange rated it liked it Sep 30,