The Christian Mystery - Rudolf Steiner

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The Christian Mystery - Rudolf Steiner Anthroposophy bookThe Christian Mystery
Selected lectures by Rudolf Steiner
Translated by James Hindes
Introduction by Christopher Bamford

"'Wake and pray' ó this is the fundamental Christian axiom, for the new initiation occurs in the waking state. 'You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.' This is a profound Christian saying. It looks forward to the future of Christianity ó for Christianity actually stands only at the beginning of its development." ó Rudolf Steiner, Earlier Initiation and Esoteric Christianity

The Christian Mystery is a major new collection of lectures from 1906 and 1907 (many previously unpublished in English), in which Rudolf Steiner affirms the reality of esoteric Christianity and unveils many of its secret teachings.

The range is vast. In the first sequence of lectures, Steiner reveals the significance of the Mystery of Golgotha and of the Blood that flowed on the Cross. The second sequence deals with the relationship of Christ and Lucifer, or Love and Knowledge. What Steiner speaks of is not theory but experience, so there follows seven lectures on the different paths of initiation: above all, on the Christian-Gnostic and Rosicrucian paths. Prayer is integral to both of these pathsóespecially, the Lordís Prayer. All of Steinerís lectures on the Lordís Prayer are included, as well as the version of the Lordís Prayer that Steiner himself prayed throughout his life. The final section is on Steinerís interpretations of the Gospels.

The Christian Mystery is an excellent volume for anyone wishing to discover Rudolf Steinerís approach to Christianity. Those who are already aware of his approach will find their appreciation deepened and expanded by this collection.

Trans: J. Hindes (Selected lectures from 1904 - 1908, from GA96 & GA97); 224pp
Anthroposophic Press
ISBN: 0 88010 419 8; paperback

Cover painting: Easter (Three Crosses), watercolour, 1924 by Rudolf Steiner

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