Included are an informative introduction and annotated notes by Andrew Welburn and an afterword by Michael Debus, a priest of the Christian Community, who summarizes the book and places it in context. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 1st by Steiner Books first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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Steiner's thesis is succinct and direct: spiritual knowledge can be won as confidently as scientific knowledge. In his pursuit of spiritual science, he does not disappoint. He avoids the pitfall that damns the vast majority of esotericists: making shit up. On the contrary, his treatment of religious history is thoroughly researched and proportionally convincing.
He systematically validates pre-Christian spiritual traditions including Greek myth and philosophy, Hebrew scripture, Buddhist traditio Steiner's thesis is succinct and direct: spiritual knowledge can be won as confidently as scientific knowledge. He systematically validates pre-Christian spiritual traditions including Greek myth and philosophy, Hebrew scripture, Buddhist tradition, and Egyptian mythology. Many Christian apologists will seek proof of their faith through the disproof of others; Steiner instead demonstrates that pre-Christian religious traditions point to the same truth that is perfected in Jesus Christ.
In fact, Steiner's most inspired philosophical victory is his convincing argument that B. The modern reader is permitted to taste the fruits of pre-Christian thinkers without sacrificing orthodoxy. Steiner's greatest shortcoming is his neglect of post-Christian traditions; Islam is conspicuously absent from his treatise. In true philosophical form, this is a dry but ultimately worthwhile read. Highly recommended! I took lots of notes for later reference. It has been my contention that God has established a thread of love and knowledge since the fall in Eden.
Steiner believes this too and says that Jesus is the most important figure in history with his crucifixion and resurrection. A chapter on Augustine bears witness that true religion already existed among the ancients Mar 17, Andre rated it really liked it. This collection of lectures from Rudolph Steiner challenges the reader to forget everything they already know about Christianity and approach it from a mystical perspective. Aug 04, Dina rated it it was ok. Rhythms of Learning.
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Choose Store. Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! The title indicated the special character of the book. In it the attempt was made, not merely to represent historically the mystical content of Christianity, but to describe the origin of Christianity from the standpoint of mystical contemplation. Underlying this intention was the thought that at the genesis of Christianity mystical facts were at work which can only be perceived by such contemplation.
It is only the book itself which can make clear that by "mystical" its author does not imply a conception which relies more on vague feelings than on "strictly scientific statements. In this book the word "mysticism" is used in the sense of the representation of a spiritual fact, which can only be recognised in its true nature when the knowledge of it is derived from the sources of spiritual life itself.
If the kind of knowledge drawn from such sources is rejected, the reader will not be in a position to judge of the contents of this book. Steiner believed that human beings had evolved to the point where material existence had obscured spiritual capacities and that Christ had come to reverse that trend and to inaugurate an age of spiritual reintegration. He advocated that education, art, agriculture, and science be based on spiritual principles and infused with the psychic powers he believed were latent in everyone. The world center of the Anhthroposophical Society today is in Dornach, Switzerland, in a building designed by Steiner.
The nonproselytizing society is noted for its schools. Andrew Welburn is a fellow of New College, Oxford.
Christianity as Mystical Fact. Rudolf Steiner. Written CW 8 "Because of his sense of the interconnectedness of the spiritual world with nature, art, medicine, and all the rest of life, Rudolf Steiner was a profound polymath. In his seminal study Christianity as Mystical Fact he turned his esoteric genius to interpreting the Christ event as the turning point in the world's spiritual history--an incarnation whose significance he saw transcending all religions.
Borsch, professor of New Testament and chair of Anglican Studies, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia "As simultaneously mysticism and fact, Christianity is a breakthrough in the historical development of humanity for which the mysteries, with the results that they brought about, form a prior evolutionary stage.
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The lectures were rewritten and issued as a book later that year.