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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To answer this question Berkhof begins with ad famous text from Romans 8: Jerry rated it really liked it Mar 19, The Pirate Code of the Kingdom.

I have no idea how to do 2. The key phrase is “anything else in all creation. But Berkhof insists on looking at them carefully and shows quite convincingly that there is no consistent way of interpreting them in a completely traditional way, for example as used in other contemporary Jewish apocalyptic literature.

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Oct 04, Sheldon rated it it was amazing. Larry Harvey rated it it was amazing Nov 30, Selma Civil Rights Family Trip 5: The Democratization of Holiness Part 2: Hollowed Out Part 3: From inside the book.


A New Theology Part 2: I see the problems. My take on Paul’s treatment of the powers is that he does believe they have influence on human life and does believe they are personal.

Living Under the Sign of Death Part 6: First published in and later translated to English from the Dutch by John Howard Yoder, this is a seminal work of theology on the New Testament concept of the “principalities and powers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Christ and the powers – Hendrikus Berkhof, John Howard Yoder – Google Books

It is clear that these realities are not all thought of as persons, much less as angels. Click for Part 2 of 3. Pragmatism and the Emerging Church Part 5: Perhaps he’s obeying his own injunction “to be simple concerning evil” Rom.

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

So you can add that this not-knowing might also have little urgency or importance anyway. I highly recommend it for any Christian trying to find their way in this social and political climate. I hear that and understand those concerns.


Personally, the more central hhe historical christianity a certain doctrine is, the more tenaciously I feel responsible not to cast it aside carelessly.

poowers I suspect, however, that he powrs 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.

How to Avoid the Dark Side Part 4: An intriguing and original little book worth wrestling with in order to understand the Biblical concept of the “powers”. Very interesting, but very introductory. 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.

Paul wasn’t, it seems, thinking about the Powers as angelic beings. Berkhof focuses on the singular word exousiaegenerally translated as “Powers. I share his preference. So there you go.

I think I was responding to what I saw as a move from “I don’t believe in demons” to “O.