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Free from Dogma

Theological Reflections in The Christian Community

March 2009
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    26th March 2009
  • ISBN 9780863156908
  • Language English
  • Pages 144 pp.

The Christian Community is a religious movement inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s insights into esoteric Christianity religious rites. The Christian Community differs from other churches in that it does not demand its members to follow to a particular creed or worldview. Nevertheless, spiritual, philosophical, and religious questions arise, and by thinking them through and discussing them, members contribute to the great, two-thousand-year-old spiritual conversation.

Free from Dogma, the first book that truly explores the theology of The Christian Community, asks questions and offers insights into religious life and experience. In the first half, Rev. Tom Ravetz addresses questions about God, the Trinity, the Incarnation, and the Holy Spirit. In the second half, he outlines the human journey from oneness to multiplicity and back to oneness through community.

“Anyone familiar with the sacraments of The Christian Community will resonate with much of what is written in these pages, whereas those who aren't will gain a fascinating insight into them. This book is a marvelous exploration of theological questions and provides a deeper understanding for the ‘Movement for Religious Renewal.’” —Rosemary Usselman, New View 

“A systematic complete overview of theological fundamental question.... Combines experience, biblical and modern literature with theological reflections.” —Michael Bruhn, Die Christengemeinschaft, Sep 2009

“A complete overview of fundamental theological questions.... I wish there were more readable, undogmatic books like this.” —Michael Bruhn, Die Christengemeinschaft

“Here the theology of The Christian Community, a religious movement arising out of the work of Rudolf Steiner, is considered for the first time in a systematic way.... Underlying the philosophy of the book is the idea of primordial unity, out of which life was manifested and towards which it returns in cycles that involve community and ultimately communion.” —Science and Medical Network Review 

“These are just some personal thoughts on some aspects of this very rich book; other people might be touched by other parts, wake up to different questions, or be inspired. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in exploring and understanding the meaning and role of Christianity in general and of The Christian Community in more specific detail in helping us on the journey we are on as individuals and as members of mankind.” —Angelika Monteux, Camphill Correspondence 

“Written primarily for ‘those who have encountered Christ in his sacraments as they live in The Christian Community,’ the book is a source of profound reflection on human spirituality in the twenty-first century.” —The Social Crediter

Tom Ravetz

Rev. Tom Ravetz was born in Leeds in 1964. He completed the training for the priesthood of The Christian Community in Stuttgart, and studied theology at the University of Aberdeen. He is the Lenker of The Christian Community in Great Britain and Ireland. Rev. Ravetz has written and spoken on a wide variety of theological and spiritual topics and is the author of several books published by Floris Books