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Valentin Tomberg and Anthroposophy

A Problematic Relationship

May 2005
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  • Publisher
    Temple Lodge Publishing
  • Published
    1st May 2005
  • ISBN 9781902636641
  • Language English
  • Pages 64 pp.
  • Size 6" x 8.5"

Valentin Tomberg was for many years a strong proponent of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science. He became a prominent lecturer and writer on anthroposophy—then, in 1945, he turned away from anthroposophy and converted to Roman Catholicism, subsequently authoring two influential texts on Catholicism. Nevertheless, a number of Tomberg’s modern-day adherents maintain that he remained faithful to esoteric Christianity and to Rudolf Steiner’s ideas.

Prokofieff presents startling new research that, in his estimation, shows the hypothesis of Tomberg’s followers to be misguided. His key evidence is a letter (reproduced in the book) that was handwritten by Tomberg in 1970. Using this text, Prokofieff attempts to show that Valentin Tomberg condemned and dismissed Rudolf Steiner and his spiritual path.

C O N T E N T S:

Prefatory Note

1. Three Testimonies from Tomberg’s Own Hand
2. The Anti-Rosicrucian Impulses in Tomberg’s Late Works
3. Platonists and Aristotelians as Seen by Some Tombergians

Appendix: “An Illusion and Its Consequences”
In Place of an Epilogue

Sergei O. Prokofieff

Sergei O. Prokofieff (1954-2014) was born in Moscow, where he studied fine arts and painting at the Moscow School of Art. At an early age he encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner and quickly realized that his life would be dedicated to the Christian path of esoteric knowledge. He wrote his first book, Rudolf Steiner and the Founding of the New Mysteries, while living in Soviet Russia, and it was published in English in 1994. After the fall of Communism, he helped establish the Anthroposophical Society in Russia. In 2001, he became a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. More than 30 of his books have been translated into English. Sergei Prokofieff passed away in Dornach, Switzerland.