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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
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.
Christianity Christian mysticism Britannica Christian mysticism Mysticism is the sense of some form of contact with the divine or transcendent, often understood in Christian tradition as involving union with God Mysticism played an important role in the history of Christian religion and emerged as a living influence in modern times. Christianity As Mystical Fact And the Mysteries of Highly recommended to anyone who is interested in the original, esoteric forms of Christianity as a Jewish styled version of the Hellenistic mystery religion, as described in the book The Jesus Mysteries, by Freke and Gandy people found this helpful Christianity as a Mystical Fact Steiner, Rudolf, Collison Christianity as Mystical Fact, and the Mysteries of Antiquity was the title given by the author to this religious study, when, eight years ago, he gathered into it the substance of lectures delivered by him in The title indicated the special character of the book. Christianity as Mystical Fact Steiner, Rudolf Christianity As Mystical Fact was compiled from a series of lectures Rudolf Steiner gave in It was an attempt to explain the mystical qualities of Christianity and it s evolution from pre Christian times to the resurrection The book has become one of Steiner s most well known works and it gives us a deeper and richer understanding of the Christianity As Mystical Fact As his source for many of the classical quotations included in Christianity as Mystical Fact, Rudolf Steiner used Otto Willman s Geschichte des Idealismus, History of Idealism The present translators have referred to original texts wherever possible for this edition of Steiner s book See the Translator s Notes. What is Christian mysticism GotQuestions Jan , Answer Christian mysticism is a difficult term to define It is often thought of as the practice of the experiential knowledge of God The term can also apply to the mystery of the Eucharist in Roman Catholicism as well as so called hidden meanings of Scripture, such as in Gnosticism. Esoteric Christianity List of Christian mystics Christian mysticism refers to the development of mystical practices and theory within Christianity.It has often been connected to mystical theology, especially in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christianity both the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox traditions The attributes and means by which Christian mysticism is studied and practiced are varied. The Hidden Tradition of Christian Mysticism Carl McColman Jul , Not only can Christianity be a mystical faith, but in fact a mystical element of Christianity has existed since the time of Jesus But for a variety of
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