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The Greatest Gift ever Given

A Living Spiritual Mystery: Studies in Esoteric Christianity

Michael S. Ridenour

306 pp.  
6" x 9"

Temple Lodge Press


Published:  January 2018


A child in a nonreligious family, one day Michael Ridenour found a Bible and began reading. Initially excited by its lively stories, he paused with the New Testament, faced with a baffling inner question: Where in the world is Christ today? An unexpected answer came during his teenage years through a spontaneous experience of Christ, which led to more questions. Later, after discovering the work of Rudolf Steiner, he found the authentic vision and language he needed to clarify and comprehend more fully his own experiences. Nevertheless, the questions kept coming. The Greatest Gift ever Given is the fruit of Ridenour’s lifelong search for answers—a book that is deeply thoughtful, humorous, philosophical, and poetic.

In part 1, “Raising the Foundation,” Ridenour studies Judeo–Christian mysteries. After humanity’s “fall” into materialism, those mysteries signal the development of human individuality. The impulse for selfhood continues with Christ, who brings a new path of divine love. But the mystery of Christ also leads naturally to his shadow. Today, we can no longer escape the question: Where in the world is Judas? Without Judas’ betrayal, Christ’s greatest gift could never have been given. We cannot reject Judas, but should transform him within ourselves.

In part 2, “Lowering the Temple,” the author relates the concept of metamorphosis to our contemporary world. Once guided by initiates, personal transformation now needs to blossom from within each individual human soul. The topic of evolution takes us to a consideration of the perennially controversial Charles Darwin, as well as to Goethe’s intuitive approach and Rudolf Steiner’s living thinking. A rich treasure of ideas, The Greatest Gift ever Given sharpens our dynamic focus on current spiritual needs and contributes a thought-provoking response to them.

Related Titles

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  • Christ and Sophia : Anthroposophic Meditations on the Old Testament, New Testament, and Apocalypse
  • The Christ Impulse : And the Development of Ego-Consciousness (CW 116)
  • Sources of Christianity : Peter, Paul, and John

    Related Titles by Subject:

    Anthroposophy: Christianity ; Esoteric: Christianity and Esoteric: Esoteric Studies