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Rudolf Steiner Enters My Life

March 2013
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    4th March 2013
  • ISBN 9780863159589
  • Language English
  • Pages 152 pp.

“Am I going too far if I declare that not a single one of the opponents took a tenth of the pains I took with anthroposophy before I joined the movement?” —Friedrich Rittelmeyer

Born in southern Germany in 1872, Friedrich Rittelmeyer was a leading figure in the Lutheran church and a pioneer of a new meditative approach, seeking to reestablish the relevance of the Gospels.

In 1911, he met Rudolf Steiner and spent the next ten years critically appraising and investigating Steiner’s ideas. This book is a fascinating and insightful autobiographical account of those years, as well a rigorous scrutiny of Anthroposophy. In 1922, he left the Lutheran church to lead The Christian Community, a new movement for religious renewal in association with Steiner. Rittelmeyer’s final conviction was that Steiner’s ideas were truly inspired.

First published in English in 1929, this record of Rittelmeyer’s honest struggle with key anthroposophic concepts has been influential for generations of people.

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Tom Ravetz

Meeting with Michael Bauer
Struggles with Reading Steiner’s Books
First Meeting with Steiner
Spiritual Exercises
The Aura and the Life Body
Insights into the Life of Jesus
Tentative Spiritual Experiences
The First World War
Relation to the Academic World
The Appearance of Christ
Rittelmeyer’s Call to Berlin
Considerations before Joining the Anthroposophical Society
Public Support of Steiner
The Postwar Situation
Contact with the Dead
Science and Religion
Martin Luther
The Renewal of Christianity
Steiner’s Reserve
The Christian Community
Last Meetings with Steiner

Friedrich Rittelmeyer

Friedrich Rittelmeyer (1872–1938) was a leading figure in the Lutheran Church which he left in 1922 to found and lead The Christian Community.