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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This is an important foundational work, especially for those hendtikus in liberation theology, institutional sin and so forth. World Come of Age Part 4: He acknowledges that there is an irreducible trace that is not captured in the language of psychology or sociology. As someone with modernist biases myself I probably anf have very satisfactory comfort to offer. Suddenly it becomes clear why Paul connects the stoicheia with the Powers. The Powers and the Hendrkkus Creation. Hip Christianity Part 1: I took this phrase poorly: And it’s fine to share those insights with anyone to whom they’re helpful.

Trivia About Christ and the Po Jesus, Empire and Othering Violence Part 3: Also, as someone who grew up playing computer RPGs such as Diablo II, I think that the language of “powers and principalities” is a cool way of depicting the issue.

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The notion is deeply grounded in Genesis. Berkhof finds additional evidence of this depersonalization of the Powers in the thought of Paul in an analysis of how the Powers relate to the word stoicheia. 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. Welcome to the blog of Richard Beckauthor and professor of psychology at Abilene Christian University beckr acu. Jan 10, Mad Russian the Traveller rated it it was amazing Shelves: The concern in Colossians 2 is with the Powers that structured and ordered human moral affairs, things like traditions, regulations, rules, and moral philosophies.


Would Jesus Break a Window?: Illicit Hybrids Part 6: 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. Seeing and Authenticity Part 2: The Man for Others.

Hendrikus Berkhof

Hendrik Berkhof’s probing study of Paul’s references to the ‘powers’ in his epistles — translated from the Dutch by John H. This page was last edited on 30 Mayat Time and Space Notes on Icons: In fact, Yoder mentions in his Translator’s Epilogue that his own treatment of the Powers in The Politics of Jesus “is little more than an expansion of Berkhof’s analysis.

The Preferential Option for the Poor. If I have a struggling believer in front of who doesn’t believe in literal demons what are my options?

Thanks for telling us about the problem. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. I don’t know what to do with those “irreconcilable differences.

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

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In short, Berkhof argues, Paul was involved in a process of demythologization: Depending on whether you asked him before lunch, or after lunch: Did my post disparage those who believe differently, suggesting that Berkhof’s reading is “best”? But if sensibilities aren’t shared then I really don’t know what to say other than, “I see your concern and respect it.


When Bad is Good Part 3: Hollowed Out Part 3: He finds that the powers are seen as spiritual realities that control and give boundary to creaturely existence.

Christ and the Powers by Hendrikus Berkhof

Paperback80 pages. I do know I don’t have the time to argue down to that bedrock of “irreconcilable differences” adn every comment thread. Ahd highly recommend it for any Christian trying to find their way in this social and political climate. 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. Perhaps he’s obeying his own injunction “to be simple concerning evil” Rom.

May 22, Volkert added it. Account Options Sign in. So I don’t try to persuade people because, and we all know this, we will eventually get down to some felt sensibilities that fundamentally differ.

I don’t think we’re far apart. How do you, if you are reading me charitably, go from “people who struggle with belief in literal demons will find demythologizing approaches like Wink’s helpful” to pwers, white, rationalistic Westerners are the best people to determine what Paul is saying”?