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The Lord's Prayer and Rudolf Steiner

A Study of His Insights into the Archetypal Prayer of Christianity

Peter Selg
Translated by Matthew Barton
May 2014
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    1st May 2014
  • ISBN 9781782500513
  • Language English
  • Pages 128 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

“Father, you who were, are, and will be in our innermost being!
May your being be glorified and praised in us in all things.
May your kingdom grow in our deeds and our conduct.
May we perform your will in the activity of our lives, as you,
O Father, lay it down in our innermost soul...”

Steiner once called the Lord's Prayer the "greatest initiation prayer" and spoke about it many times, also referring to it as the central prayer of Christian experience. For most of his life as an esoteric teacher, Rudolf Steiner prayed the Lord;s Prayer standing upright. He used to say it so loudly in his Berlin apartment that it could be heard outside his door and in the neighboring room.

Start Now! gathers, for the first time, all of Steiner's comments, accounts, and perspectives on the Lord's Prayer, offering a fuller scope and depth of his ideas. Along the way, Peter Selg reveals some surprising insights into the spiritual history and mission of Christianity.

Peter Selg

Peter Selg studied medicine in Witten-Herdecke, Zurich, and Berlin and, until 2000, worked as the head physician of the juvenile psychiatry department of Herdecke Hospital in Germany. Dr. Selg is director of the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Research into Anthroposophy (Arlesheim, Switzerland), professor of medicine at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Germany), and co-leader of the General Anthroposophical Section at the Goetheanum. He is the author of numerous books on Rudolf Steiner, anthroposophy, medical ethics, and the development of culture and consciousness.