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Ideas for a New Europe - Rudolf Steiner Anthroposophy bookIdeas for a New Europe
Crisis and Opportunity for the West
Previously published as: The Mysteries of Light, of Space and
of the Earth)
7 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

The lecture series, Ideas for a New Europe, was given just after the horrific events of the First World War, and contain some of Rudolf Steiner’s most important statements on what he saw as the role of the English-speaking peoples from the standpoint of spiritual history. Amidst the ruins of western civilization, Steiner pointed to the urgency for a renewal of the spiritual life as Europe struggled to return to normality, and challenged his listeners to understand the deeper causes, the spiritual roots of the modern predicament. Such a re-examination is now more pressing than ever as Europe stands on the threshold of a new destiny.

'Steiner was attempting above all to bring the real spirit of Christianity back in a form that could deal with the modern individual and his complicated life. As we see some of the social and historical changes he foresaw actually happening, it is still more important to realize that these changes will be meaningless without the inner development and understanding which he asked of us. The fate of the revolutions that created our divided century shows that individual spirits must bring about new forms; outer forms cannot bring about the existence of new people, untrammelled by the conflicts of the past . . . .'  (from the Introduction).

Herein lies the crisis and opportunity for modern day consciousness at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Trans: J. Collis (7 lectures, 12 Dec 1919 to 22 Feb 1920, GA194, 196); 83pp
Rudolf Steiner Press
ISBN: 1 85584 121 5; paperback

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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'.

His 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 world.
 


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