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The Creative Power of Anthroposophical Christology

An Outline of Occult Science – The First Goetheanum – The Fifth Gospel – The Christmas Conference

October 2011
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  • Published
    20th October 2011
  • ISBN 9780880107334
  • Language English
  • Pages 336 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

Sergei O. Prokofieff and Peter Selg, two leading authorities and spiritual researchers into the life and work of Rudolf Steiner, gave a series of conferences from 2009 to 2010 on the Christological foundations of Anthroposophy. Their aim was to show the power of anthroposophic Christology. Thus, they focused on key turning points in Steiner’s exposition—his major work, An Outline of Esoteric Science; the first Goetheanum; the reappearance of Christ in the etheric realm and its relationship to Rudolf Steiner’s lectures on the Fifth Gospel; and the Christmas Conference of 1923/1924 and the founding of the New Mysteries.

The lectures from these conferences, published as four booklets in German, are collected here in a single volume. The Creative Power of Anthroposophical Christology will prove to be an important work for anyone interested in the true meaning and depth of Rudolf Steiner’s experience and understanding of Christ’s act on Golgotha and his continuing presence among us and within Anthroposophy.

C O N T E N T S:

Preface to the American Edition

1.The Christology of the Book An Outline of Occult Science

Preface by Sergei O. Prokofieff
Peter Selg: The Earth as Centerpoint of the Cosmos: The Developmental History of Christological Context of the book An Outline of Occult Science
Sergei O. Prokofieff: An Outline of Occult Science and the Mystery of Golgotha

2. The First Goetheanum and Its Christological Foundations

Preface by Sergei O. Prokofieff
Peter Selg: Rudolf Steiner and the Building of the First Goethanum
Sergei O. Prokofieff: The Nature of the First Goetheanum and the Mystery of Golgotha

3. Christ’s Reappearance in the Etheric in Relation to the Fifth Gospel

Preface by Peter Selg
Peter Selg: Rudolf Steiner, the Fifth Gospel, and Christ’s Reappearance in the Etheric
Sergei O. Prokofieff: The Mystery of Resurrection in the Light of the Fifth Gospel

4. The Christmas Conference and the Founding of the New Mysteries

Preface by Sergei O. Prokofieff
Peter Selg: The Year of Destiny 1923—Rudolf Steiner’s Path to the Christmas Conference
Sergei O. Prokofieff: The Nature of the Christmas Conference and Its Sources of Inspiration

Appendix: First Class Admissions by Rudolf Steiner (with facsimiles)

Sergei O. Prokofieff

Sergei O. Prokofieff (1954-2014) was born in Moscow, where he studied fine arts and painting at the Moscow School of Art. At an early age he encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner and quickly realized that his life would be dedicated to the Christian path of esoteric knowledge. He wrote his first book, Rudolf Steiner and the Founding of the New Mysteries, while living in Soviet Russia, and it was published in English in 1994. After the fall of Communism, he helped establish the Anthroposophical Society in Russia. In 2001, he became a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. More than 30 of his books have been translated into English. Sergei Prokofieff passed away in Dornach, Switzerland.

Peter Selg

Born 1963, Stuttgart.

1986–1993 Study of human medicine at the University of Witten/Herdecke, in Berlin and Zurich. Doctoral thesis: "Attempt to systematize Rudolf Steiner's human physiological ideas. An analysis of the entire lecture and written work (Witten/Herdecke 1995).

1993–2000 Further training as a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy. Senior physician in the psychiatric department for adolescents and young adults at the Herdecke Community Hospital.

2000–2002 Research associate at the Institute for Applied Epistemology and Medical Methodology (Freiburg).

2002–2006 Head physician at the Ita Wegman Clinic Arlesheim (adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy); since 2006 establishment and management of the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Anthroposophical Research

Since 2007 professorship for medical anthropology and ethics at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Alfter near Bonn); teaching in the Studium fundamentale and in the accompanying studies in anthroposophic medicine at the University/Witten-Herdecke

Since 2020, Co-leader of the General Anthroposophical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland