- Secrets of Creation
11 lectures by Rudolf Steiner
Translated by Pauline Wehrle
How was the world
created? Battle lines are currently drawn between two dogmatic
camps: the fundamentalist ‘creationists’ who believe that the
physical creation of the earth took place in six days, and the
scientific reductionists who expound the theory of the 'big bang'
origin of the universe – or similar purely mechanical models.
From his own
spiritual examinations, Rudolf Steiner presents a new perspective
which transcends these bipolar arguments. He affirms that
clairvoyant research accords with the biblical descriptions, but he
emphasizes that the language and meaning of Genesis has to be
understood in a way that is consistent with how an earlier humanity
understood and experienced language. In this extraordinary
document, Steiner speaks of the six days of creation as a
reawakening of the previous phases of the Earth's development. He
describes the work of powerful spiritual entities, the biblical
Elohim, and how they co-created with other spiritual hierarchies in
the creation of Earth. He also clarifies the relationship of the
Elohim and the biblical Jehovah.
In addition, Steiner discusses themes of light
and darkness, the meaning of Adam and Eve, the 'day of rest' on the
seventh day, the stages of human development on Earth, and the
special character of the Hebrew language.
featured in this new edition is a previously unpublished
introductory lecture on the meaning of mystery drama.
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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy
'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's
humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed
‘spiritual science’. As a highly developed clairvoyant and spiritual initiate, he spoke from
his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see
his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a
universal 'science of the spirit'.
many published works (written books and lectures) - which include
his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the
evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal
development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual
faculties. He also provided indications for the renewal of many
human activities, including education - both general and special -
agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy,
religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over
6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General
Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the