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Background to the Gospel of St. Mark - Rudolf Steiner Anthroposophy bookBackground to the Gospel of St. Mark
Rudolf Steiner
Translated by E.H. Goddard & D.S. Osmond
13 lectures, Berlin, Munich, Hanover & Coblenz, 1910-1911 (GA 124)

In Background to the Gospel of St Mark, Rudolf Steiner shows the relevance of this Gospel especially to our own age, the fifth post-Atlantean epoch. He describes how each of the four Gospels was written to the time and circumstances of successive cultural periods: the Matthew Gospel is most relevant to the age when Christ incarnated and enacted the Mystery of Golgotha, the fourth post-Atlantean epoch; Mark speaks to the fifth; Luke, the sixth; and the Gospel of St John addresses the consciousness of the seventh epoch.

He describes how what is found in the Mark Gospel and not in the others is especially relevant to our age, such as where it speaks of  a complex distressing world events which will occur at the time when Christ will become visible to many in the spiritual atmosphere of the earth, a time of false prophets and false Christs who will “seduce” many, when nations will war against nations, and of famines and natural disasters. (Mark – Chapter 13).

Much else is covered including :

  • Investigation and communication of spiritual truths

  • The two main streams of post-Atlantean civilization

  • The tasks of the fifth post-Atlantean epoch (the present)

  • The laws of rhythm in the domain of soul and spirit

  • The Son of God and the son of Man

  • The moon religion of Yahweh

  • From Buddhism to Rosicrucianism

  • Kyrios, Lord of the Soul

  • Mystery teachings in Mark's Gospel

  • And much more ...

Anthroposophic Press
220 pages, paperback
ISBN 9780880101455

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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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