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Religion

An Introductory Reader

Paperback
March 2004
9781855841284
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  • Publisher
    Rudolf Steiner Press
  • Published
    24th March 2004
  • ISBN 9781855841284
  • Language English
  • Pages 224 pp.
  • Size 5" x 7"
$17.95

Rudolf Steiner, the often undervalued, multifaceted genius of modern times, contributed much to the regeneration of culture. In addition to his philosophical teachings, he provided ideas for the development of many practical activities including education—both general and special—agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, religion, and the arts. Today there are thousands of schools, clinics, farms, and many other organizations based on his ideas.

Steiner's original contribution to human knowledge was based on his ability to conduct spiritual research, the investigation of metaphysical dimensions of existence. With his scientific and philosophical training, he brought a new systematic discipline to the field, allowing for conscious methods and comprehensive results. A natural seer from childhood, he cultivated his spiritual vision to a high degree, enabling him to speak with authority on previously veiled mysteries of life.

Topics include: mysticism and beyond: the importance of prayer; the meaning of sin and grace; rediscovering the Bible; true communion; rediscovering the festivals and the life of the earth; finding one's destiny: walking with Christ; the significance of religion in life and death; Christ's second coming: the truth for our time; universal religion: and the meaning of love.

This volume provides an excellent introduction to Steiner’s Christology and approach to religious renewal, which led to the formation of The Christian Community. It includes an introduction, notes, and commentary by Andrew Welburn, author of Rudolf Steiner’s Philosophy: And the Crisis of Contemporary Thought (Floris Books, 2012).

C O N T E N T S:

Introduction: “Religion and Spirituality—Enemies or Allies?” by Andrew Welburn

1. Mysticism and Beyond: The Importance of Prayer
2. The Meaning of Sin and Grace
3. Rediscovering the Bible
4. What Is True Communion?
5. Rediscovering the Festivals and the Life of the Earth
6. Finding One’s Destiny: Walking with Christ
7. The Significance of Religion in Life and after Death
8. Christ’s Second Coming: The Truth for Our Time
9. Universal Religion: The Meaning of Love

Notes
Further Reading

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.