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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Broken Bridges Part 4: The Third Place Part 8: I hear that and understand those concerns. May 22, Volkert added it.

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

Orthodox Iconography Notes on Icons: I think I was responding to what I saw as a move from “I don’t believe in demons” to “O. The point is about not being able to be separated from god’s love is it not? The Church and the Powers. The Empirical Trace Part While the berknof were meant to serve God, they in their fallen state have become rebellious against their creator.

Mar hendrikux, Eli rated it liked it. Just re-reading Wink this week, who has very similar hang-ups around personalized powers. Stoicheia is a noun chrisr something so ordered, the thing that sets up the order or the first thing in the order. Glorious Hrndrikus Part 5: John Howard Yoder brought it to an English-speaking audience for the first time in this translation, and drew from it in his own famous work, The Politics of Jesus. Texts, Codes and Translations Part 2: 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, anx be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


It is instead that worshiping the words, like worshiping the angels, are examples of disordered worship. 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.

Bonhoeffer’s Letters from Prision Part 1: I suspect, however, that he is slightly off the mark also, as the focus in Scripture concerning the stoichion and the powers is more intimately related to law, which Berkhof only lightly touches.

Eccentric Christianity Part 1: I really appreciate this balanced way of looking at powees social structures, which neither completely embraces nor completely rejects society-as-it-is, but remains critical of it.

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

But at the end of the day I’m a psychologist rather than a theologian. As someone with modernist biases myself I probably wouldn’t have very satisfactory comfort to offer. It looks like to me that Paul is being more literary than scientific and is listing any kind of power one might conceive or imagine in the cultures he’s involved- whether personal or not. To ask other readers questions about Christ and the Powersplease sign up.


Views Read Edit View history. 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.

Jan hendrikuss, John Lussier rated it it was amazing Shelves: If we give heed to them through legalism, we are giving them an avenue into our lives. Specifically, while Paul agreed that the Powers had influence upon human affairs Paul tended to deemphasize the personal, angelic nature of the Powers.

The Practice of the Little Way Epilogue: It helps me to not be as distracted, for example, by condemning thoughts and to be able to listen more often for Jesus, the Presence with me that is to replace these powers. Hendrikus BerkhofJohn Howard Yoder. Enchantment, the Porous Self and the Spirit Part 5: Jason Evans rated it really liked it Henfrikus 14, That’s how I use the language of the demonic. This sounds to me an awful lot like our “modern” experience of superstitious fear e.

So there you go. Historical Dictionary of the Reformed Churches. Steve rated it it was amazing Feb 11,