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The Christian Mystery

Early Lectures

Rudolf Steiner Translated by James H. Hindes Introduction by Christopher Bamford

288 pp.  
6" x 9 1/4"



Published:  December 1998


  • “The secret behind the Mystery of Golgotha is one of the deepest of world evolution. In order to understand it, we must look back into past ages of Earth’s evolution and illuminate the esoteric wisdom of the millennia. One cannot object to such this deeper comprehension of the Mystery of Golgotha by saying that any simple soul should be able to understand what Jesus Christ accomplished. That is indeed true. But to understand fully this greatest appearance on the Earth, we must search the depths of Mystery wisdom.” —Rudolf Steiner (December 2, 1906)

In this major collection of lectures from 1906 and 1907 (many previously unpublished in English), Rudolf Steiner affirms the reality of esoteric Christianity and unveils many of its secret teachings. The range is vast. In the first sequence of lectures, Steiner reveals the significance of the Mystery of Golgotha and the blood that flowed on the Cross. The second section deals with the relationship between Christ and Lucifer (or love and knowledge).

Steiner speaks not about theory but about experience and various paths of initiation—above all, the Christian–Gnostic and Rosicrucian paths. Prayer is integral to both of these paths, especially the Lord’s Prayer. All of Steiner’s lectures on the Lord’s Prayer are included, as well as the version that Steiner himself prayed throughout his life.

The section on Gospel readings includes Rudolf Steiner’s early interpretations of the Gospels, including the Sermon on the Mount. The lectures conclude with a 1908 lecture in Berlin, “Christianity Began as a Religion but Is Greater than a Religion.”

This is an excellent resource for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the Western stream of Christian esotericism and Rudolf Steiner’s approach to Christianity as a spiritual practice. Those already familiar with Steiner’s approach to Christianity will find their appreciation deepened and expanded by this invaluable collection.

  • “‘Wake and pray’—this is the fundamental Christian axiom, for the new initiation occurs in the waking state. ‘You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.’ This is a profound Christian saying. It looks forward to the future of Christianity—for Christianity actually stands only at the beginning of its development.” —Rudolf Steiner (March 17, 1907)


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  • Christianity as Mystical Fact : And the Mysteries of Antiquity (CW 8)
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  • The Mystery of the Trinity : Mission of the Spirit (CW 214)
  • Christianity and the Ancient Mysteries : Reflections on Rudolf Steiner’s Christianity as Mystical Fact

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