Christianity as Mystical Fact: And the Mysteries of Antiquity (Cw 8)

Christianity as Mystical Fact: And the Mysteries of Antiquity (Cw 8)

Rudolf Steiner / Nov 19, 2019

Christianity as Mystical Fact And the Mysteries of Antiquity Cw Written CW 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 stud

  • Title: Christianity as Mystical Fact: And the Mysteries of Antiquity (Cw 8)
  • Author: Rudolf Steiner
  • ISBN: 9780880104364
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Paperback
  • Written 1902 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 sWritten 1902 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 Bishop Frederick H 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 Rudolf Steiner During the fall and winter of 1901 1902, Steiner gave a series of lectures called Christianity As Mystical Fact to members of the Theosophical Society The lectures were rewritten and issued as a book later that year They mark a watershed in the development of Western esotericism Steiner wrote of the idea behind his book The title Christianity As Mystical Fact was one I gave to this work eight years ago, when I gathered together the content of lectures given in 1902 It was meant to indicate the special approach adopted in the book Its theme is not just the mystical side of Christianity in a historical presentation It was meant to show, from the standpoint of a mystical awareness, how Christianity came into being Behind this was the idea that spiritual happenings were factors in the emergence of Christianity, which could only be observed from such a point of view It is for the book itself to demonstrate that, by mystical, I do not in any way imply a vague intuition rather than strict scientific argument In many circles, mysticism is understood as just that, and therefore it is distinguished from the concerns of all genuine science In this book, however, I use the term to mean a presentation of spiritual reality a reality accessible only to a knowledge drawn from the sources of spiritual life itself Anyone who denies the possibility of such knowledge in principle will find its contents hard to comprehend any reader who accepts the idea that mysticism may coexist with the clarity of the natural sciences, may acknowledge that the mystical aspect of Christianity must be described mystically This is a fundamental book, in Steiner s own development, in that of Western esotericism, and for our understanding of the Christ event Readers will find the evolutionary development from the ancient Mysteries through the great Greek philosophers to the events portrayed in the Gospels 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 Contents Introduction by Christopher Bamford Translator s Preface by Andrew Welburn The Mysteries and Mysteriosophy The Mysteries and Pre Socratic Philosophy Platonic Mysteries Myth and Mysteriosophy The Egyptian and Other Eastern Mysteries The Evidence of the Gospels The Miracle of Lazarus The Apocalypse of John Jesus in His Historical Setting The Essence of Christianity Christian and Pagan Wisdom Augustine and the Church Original Prefaces and Additional Materials Afterword by Michael Debus Translator s Notes This Collected Works edition contains a new introduction, a chronology of Rudolf Steiner s life, and an index German edition Das Christentum als mystische Tatsache und die Mysterien des Altertum Cover image Photo of Bordeaux Cathedral by James Nicholls.

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      • Rudolf Steiner

        Steiner was a philosopher, social thinker, architect, and esotericist Steiner led this movement through several phases In the first, philosophically oriented phase, Steiner attempted to find a synthesis between science and mysticism his philosophical work of these years, which he termed spiritual science, sought to provide a connection between the cognitive path of Western philosophy and the inner and spiritual needs of the human being In a second phase, beginning around 1907, he began working collaboratively in a variety of artistic media, including drama, the movement arts developing a new artistic form, eurythmy and architecture, culminating in the building of a cultural center to house all the arts, the Goetheanum After the First World War, Steiner worked with educators, farmers, doctors, and other professionals to develop Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, anthroposophical medicine as well as new directions in numerous other practical areas Steiner advocated a form of ethical individualism, to which he later brought a explicitly spiritual component He based his epistemology on Johann Wolfgang Goethe s world view, in which Thinking is no and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas A consistent thread that runs from his earliest philosophical phase through his later spiritual orientation is the goal of demonstrating that there are no essential limits to human knowledge.


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    1. 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 [...]



    2. 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 ancientswhen Christ appeared in the flesh was when that true religion began to be called Christianity.



    3. We enter the 21st C. We behold the steely cold forces of materialism that Rudolf Steiner called “Ahrimanic”. We see that the Anthroposophical movement which he hoped would be healing millions by now is like a damp squib compared to his hopes. Faced by this ascending cold as steel dehumanised society, what does one do. My answer involves what Steiner says here: corjesusacratissimum/2011/These are very strange things indeed. That what he was so opposed to was the only wakeful consciousness wit [...]


    4. I read this online and it is a great book, if you want to put your brain on the shelf and buy into a load of crap. i'm all about finding the meaning in what a book or research is saying, but not at the expense of believing a completely fabricated story. Everyone wants to put Jesus in their context instead of taking Him in His.


    5. In diesem Buche ist nicht bloß der mystische Gehalt des Christentums geschichtlich darzustellen versucht worden, sondern es sollte die Entstehung des Christentums aus der mystischen Anschauung heraus geschildert werden.


    6. 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.


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