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Powers of Darkness: Principalities & Powers in Paul's Letters

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Satan worship. Witches. New Age channelers. The last two decades have witnessed a vast upsurge in occult activity. Scores of popular books have warned Christians of the dangers and urged them to do battle against these spiritual forces. Few books, however, have developed a careful biblical theology on demons, principalities and powers. Clinton Arnold seeks to fill this ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published March 3rd 1992 by IVP Academic (first published December 31st 1991)
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Lee Harmon
Jan 28, 2014 Lee Harmon rated it it was amazing
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. –Ephesians 6:12

This is a fascinating five-star book by a guy who believes in demons. He reasons that because belief in the spiritual world of demons and angels was prevalent among New Testament authors, we should believe the same today. In the preface, Arnold states “If we want help from the Bible
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Lindsay Kennedy
This is the conclusion from my full review http://wp.me/p2YKx0-1mr

One may disagree with Arnold on some details, but the majority of Powers of Darkness is surely correct, and desperately needed to be received by the church. It is regrettable that stereotypes often contain some truth: many who believe in the powers are Biblically ungrounded, with a anecdotally-based theology, and many who pride themselves on biblical fidelity are suspicious of all things supernatural and miss what is written on th
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Bruce Morton
Sep 05, 2011 Bruce Morton rated it really liked it
Clinton Arnold's look at the powers of darkness in Paul's letters gets at the starting place of the apostle. Paul sees a turbulent war swirling around and through the provinces of Roman Asia and beyond. His letters are written with the firm conviction that the risen Jesus has for all time opened a window into a spiritual realm to often forgotten in the twenty-first century West. Arnold urges that we avoid blindness to the "ruler of the kingdom of the air." (Eph. 2:2) An important read.
Charles Curtis
Feb 09, 2013 Charles Curtis rated it really liked it
Very well balanced treatment of a subject badly neglected, especially in the church. Also, a very interesting portrait of 1st century religious life, in Greco-roman society.
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Good exposition of the Scriptures. I actually finished it a couple of weeks ago, and now I'm not sure where I put it!
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