By Rudolf Steiner
The Western esoteric roots of Christianity. in the beginning of the 20th century, Rudolf Steiner gave a sequence of lectures, which he rewrote and released as this e-book, Christianity As Mystical truth. this significant paintings marks a watershed within the improvement of Western esotericism and our deeper knowing of the roots, improvement, and that means of Christianity.
In his autobiography, Steiner wrote of this paintings, "My goal used to be now not just to current the magical content material of Christianity. relatively, my target used to be to explain its evolution from the traditional Mysteries to the secret of Golgotha in the sort of manner as to bare forces as paintings during this evolution that weren't simply earthly, ancient forces, yet non secular, extra-earthly impulses. i wished to teach that the content material offered within the old Mysteries took the shape of ritualistic photographs of occasions happening in the cosmos, occasions that have been then transferred from the cosmos to the earth within the secret of Golgotha as a sense-perceptible truth complete at the airplane of history."
Christianity As Mystical truth is a basic ebook, either in Steiner's personal improvement and that of Western esotericism and for our realizing of the Christ occasion. right here readers will locate the evolutionary improvement from the traditional Mysteries in the course of the nice Greed philosophers to the occasions portrayed within the Gospels.
A publication within the Classics in Anthroposophy sequence
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The spirit has cut through the life of the senses like a sword through the living flesh; we have seen the blood of sensuality flow. But life springs up anew. The initiate reascends from the Underworld. The ancient orator Aristides asserts: I thought I could touch the god, and feel his very presence. I was then in a condition between sleeping and waking. 7 This new existence is no longer subjected to the laws of lower life. It is untouched by growth and decay. Discussions about “the eternal” are endless, but unless the words draw their meaning from those who have actually descended into Hades, they are mere sound and fury, signifying nothing.
They live in a state of dependence, but also independence. They behold the Logos, but they can only participate in it according to the proportion of the mixture that the eternal Logos brought about in their case. Hence human beings derive their unique calling: to fashion the eternal out of the temporal. It is the spirit, the Logos, that works in human beings. But it does so in a special way: out of the temporal. The uniqueness of the human soul consists in this: a temporal being is active and powerful in the same way as an eternal being, and can be likened both to a god and to a worm.
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