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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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The Powers and the Fallen Creation. The stoicheia are rules, regulations, traditions and moral philosophies. The Pentecostal Worldview Part 3: I’m also sympathetic to Tim F.

The question Berkhof asks is if Paul shared this conception, conceiving of the Powers as personalized spiritual beings, or if Paul departed in significant ways from the Jewish apocalyptic tradition.

A New Theology Part 2: But from how I read Paul it does seem that his general frame of mind is that the Powers are structural orders of Creation rather than spirits with names. The Scarcity Trap Part 3: But at the end of the day I’m a psychologist rather than a theologian. And I apologize for being overly sensitive about that remark, but it’s close to a slur. When we live a life of legalism and the condemnation that results, it certainly feels like we’re experiencing dark powers.


Preterism and the Resurrection of the Dead. Paul wasn’t, it seems, thinking about the Powers as angelic beings. The ‘powers’ chdist the undergirding of Creation, according to Berkhof, and become evil in their influence only as they seek dominion for themselves.


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It was the basis for the better known, multi-volume work by Walter Wink on the same subject. Common terms and phrases angelic powers Angelologie apocalyptic aspect astral Barth believer Berkhof Biblical called Christian church Colossians comparative religion conceive confessing church connection context Corinthians 2: The concern in Colossians 2 is with the Powers that structured and ordered human moral affairs, things like traditions, regulations, rules, and moral philosophies.

But I’ve always viewed Wink’s analysis as a type of demythologizing. Theologically, I don’t see how anyone could maintain that your salvation depends on faith in demons, regardless of whether you are right or wrong about them.

Paul has said in verse 15 that these principalities and powers have been disarmed through Christ’s death and that they no longer have power over us.

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Bonhoeffer’s Letters from Prision Part 1: 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. He’s just noting that Paul’s description of the Powers is more depersonalized than what is seen in other concurrent Jewish accounts. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

He does not rule out the possible involvement of some sort of spiritual beings, but his emphasis is more on the role the powers play. Humor as Prophecy Part 3: Holy Ghost Conga Lines Part 2: The Theology of Peanuts Table of Contents. May 22, Volkert added it.


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

I’m not qualified to judge that claim. Stuff White People Like Part 6: 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.

The Man in Black Part 4: Return to Book Page. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. We give lip service to the fact that we’re serving Christ, but our allegiance in the inner world too often remains with these powers.

Mar 30, Eli rated it liked it. First, this meaning hendrukus stoicheia fits very nicely alongside Paul’s critique of those who would subject others to ‘the letter of the law’.

Selma Civil Rights Family Trip 5: Henddikus then, after lunch, he prefers to regard them impersonally. The Christians Paul is writing to are submitting to these stoicheiasomething that Paul describes as a captivity or hednrikus verse 8.

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