From Jesus to Christ - Rudolf Steiner

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From Jesus to Christ - Rudolf SteinerFrom Jesus to Christ
11 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

In From Jesus to Christ, Rudolf Steiner describes the spiritual approach to a comprehension of Christ and the events in Palestine and their significance for the whole of future human evolution.

Once experienced intuitively by early gnostic thinkers, knowledge of the cosmic significance of Christ and his mission has faded over the centuries. As theologians and historians of the Church critically scrutinized the Gospel records, their focus shifted from Christ to the human figure of Jesus of Nazareth.

Today, many are beginning a new search for an understanding of the life, death and resurrection of Christ and its meaning for their lives. In the From Jesus to Christ lectures, Steiner shows how 'the Mystery of Golgotha' can be seen as the pivotal event of human history. The Gospels themselves, he says, are 'initiation documents' that can guide us on a path of spiritual development.

Steiner demonstrates how manifold spiritual currents were involved and converged in the events of Palestine which took place 2,000 years ago, and explains problematic aspects of Christian theology such as the resurrection of the physical body. His emphasis throughout is on highlighting the esoteric path to Christ, and he encourages us to awaken to the new revelation manifesting in our time: Christ as the 'Lord of Karma'.

This edition contains the public talk given prior to the beginning of the course.

Rudolf Steiner Press
11 lectures, Karlsruhe, Germany, 4-14 Oct. 1911, GA131
Trans. C. Davy
208pp; paperback
ISBN: 1-85584-195-9

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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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From Jesus to Christ - Rudolf Steiner - ISBN: 1-85584-195-9 - GA 131