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Turning Points in Spiritual History - Rudolf SteinerTurning Points in Spiritual History

Six lectures by Rudolf Steiner

Turning Points in Spiritual History comprises six lectures which Rudolf Steiner gave during the year of January 1911 to January 1912. Realizing their importance for understanding the evolution of consciousness and the central role of the Christ event within it, Marie Steiner collected them under the present title soon after Steiner's death in March 1925, as a signal and enduring element of his spiritual legacy.

Since the crucible of cosmic evolution for Steiner is the Earth, and the evolution of the Earth is accomplished through humanity, each of the five turning paints-or critical, transformative moments-leading up to the climax of the Incarnation of Christ through the Mystery of Golgotha is exemplified by an individuality: namely, in chronological order, Zarathustra, Hermes, Moses, Elijah and Buddha.

In these lectures, each of which deals in turn with one of these great individualities, Rudolf Steiner provides us with astonishing insights into esoteric history and demonstrates the remarkable ways in which the spiritual world guided and nurtured spiritual evolution in preparation for the coming of the Christ.

Steiner Books
212pp; paperback
ISBN: 978-0-88010-525-5

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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', meaning 'wisdom of the human being'. As a highly developed seer, he based his work on direct knowledge and perception of spiritual dimensions. He initiated a modern and universal 'science of spirit', accessible to anyone willing to exercise clear and unprejudiced thinking.

From his spiritual investigations Steiner provided suggestions for the renewal of many activities, including education (both general and special), agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. Today there are literally thousands of schools, clinics, farms and other organizations involved in practical work based on his principles. His many published works feature his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development. Steiner wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6,000 lectures across Europe. In 1924 he founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world.

 

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