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The Gospel of St. Mark - Rudolf Steiner Anthroposophy lecturesThe Gospel of St. Mark
10 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

In The Gospel of St Mark lectures, Rudolf Steiner describes how Mark was especially able to reveal Christ as a cosmic being, emphasizing his greatness and power, because, after having been a pupil of Peter, he moved to Alexandria during a time when Jewish philosophy and theology was at it's peak. There he absorbed the best aspects and views of pagan gnosis and cosmology.

Mark was able to learn how humankind came into being through a descent from the spiritual world and how the luciferic and ahrimanic forces have been taken into the human soul in the course of evolution, corrupting its original forces. He was able to understand what was revealed to him by pagan gnosis concerning our human origin out of the cosmos when our planet originally came into being in aeons past and the strong contrast between our original human destiny and what humankind had become, thus revealing the necessity of the Christ event for our further development and return to spiritual cognition.

Trans: C. Mainzer, S. C. Easton (10 lectures, Basel 15 - 24 Sept 1912, GA139); 211pp
Anthroposophic Press
9780880100830; paperback

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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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