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Rudolf Steiner Enters My Life

Friedrich Rittelmeyer Translated by Dorothy S. Osmond Foreword by Tom Ravetz

152 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Floris Books


Published:  March 2013


  • “Am I going too far if I declare that not a single one of the opponents took a tenth of the pains I took with Anthroposophy before I joined the movement?” —Friedrich Rittelmeyer

Born in southern Germany in 1872, Friedrich Rittelmeyer was a leading figure in the Lutheran church and a pioneer of a new meditative approach, seeking to reestablish the relevance of the Gospels.

In 1911, he met Rudolf Steiner and spent the next ten years critically appraising and investigating Steiner’s ideas. This book is a fascinating and insightful autobiographical account of those years, as well a rigorous scrutiny of Anthroposophy. In 1922, he left the Lutheran church to lead The Christian Community, a new movement for religious renewal in association with Steiner. Rittelmeyer’s final conviction was that Steiner’s ideas were truly inspired.

First published in English in 1929, this record of Rittelmeyer’s honest struggle with key anthroposophic concepts has been influential for generations of people.


  • Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Tom Ravetz
  • Introduction
  • Meeting with Michael Bauer
  • Struggles with Reading Steiner's Books
  • First Meeting with Steiner
  • Spiritual Exercises
  • The Aura and the Life Body
  • Reincarnation
  • Insights into the Life of Jesus
  • Tentative Spiritual Experiences
  • The First World War
  • Relation to the Academic World
  • The Appearance of Christ
  • Rittlemeyer's Call to Berlin
  • Considerations before Joining the Anthroposophical Society
  • Berlin
  • Public Support of Steiner
  • The Postwar Situation
  • Contact with the Dead
  • Science and Religion
  • Martin Luther
  • The Renewal of Christianity
  • Steiner's Reserve
  • The Christian Community
  • Last Meeting with Steiner

Related Titles

  • The Book of Revelation : And the Work of the Priest (CW 346)
  • First Steps in Christian Religious Renewal : Preparing the Ground for The Christian Community (CW 342)
  • Meditation : Guidance of the Inner Life
  • Ways into Christian Meditation
  • Pioneers of Religious Renewal : A History of The Christian Community in the English-Speaking World

    Related Titles by Subject:

    Anthroposophy: Christianity ; Anthroposophy: Life & Work of Rudolf Steiner ; Esoteric: Biography & Autobiography ; Esoteric: Christianity and Religion: Christianity