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

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. It is clear that these realities are not all thought of as persons, much less as angels.

Retrieved from berkho https: He finds that the powers are seen as spiritual realities that control and give boundary to creaturely existence.

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Hendrikus Berkhof

Berkhof provides a unique perspective on the “powers” Paul mentions in several places in his writings. The Pirate Code of the Kingdom.

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Exactly what I was thinking. Hollowed Out Part 3: Click for Part 2 of 3. When we live a life of legalism and the condemnation that results, it certainly feels like we’re experiencing dark powers.

But no, nothing in your post resembled that phrase of mine, and I’m sorry my train of thought led me to an uncharitable reading. A Purple State of Mind Part 7: Talking with the Dead. But if pressed, I suspect that Wink would come down on the personal and realist side of things. Hip Christianity Part 1: Ontological Emotion Part 7: Preview — Christ and the Powers by Hendrikus Berkhof. Trivia About Christ and the Po I am open to the possibility that Paul’s account of the powers might be chrust less personalized than that of other Jewish thinkers of his time.

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But Christ has defeated the Powers, among them these moral stoicheia. Why can’t the powers be both personal, named and fully identified with hrndrikus human institution? Where Everybody Knows Your Name. Oct 30, Stephen rated it it was amazing. The conclusion is that they are not “angels,” or even personal beings, per se, but rather systems 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.


Gerry Young rated it it was amazing Dec 04, Meanwhile, of course it’s fine to explore the insights of Wink or Berkhof, and to consider the possibility that Paul really is depersonalizing these powers. I simply find lots in liberal theology helpful.

Christ and the Powers by Hendrikus Berkhof

I think there are very good reasons to reject Boyd’s enthusiasm for angels and demons. Specifically, while Paul agreed that the Powers had influence upon human affairs Paul tended to deemphasize the personal, angelic nature of the Powers. Evolutionary Stable Strategies Gossip, Part 3: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Refresh and try again. A Walk with William James Part 1: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Laughter chrisg Smiles Part 4: If the stoicheia are Powers note how Paul characterizes them in Colossians 2.