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Religious Education in Steiner-Waldorf Schools

Extracts from Rudolf Steiner's Lectures and Meetings

March 2014
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    6th March 2014
  • ISBN 9781782500414
  • Language English
  • Pages 228 pp.
  • Size 6.125" x 9.25"

“This careful collection of quotations from Rudolf Steiner’s lectures, together with articles by pioneer religion teachers, documents the beginning and development of the independent religion lessons and the services as an integral part of Waldorf education.” (from the foreword)

Rudolf Steiner suggested that children in the first Waldorf school who do not belong to a particular denomination could have “independent Christian religion lessons” and Sunday services. This book constitutes a comprehensive collection of Steiner's thoughts and ideas on teaching religion in Waldorf schools and on Sunday services for children. The extracts are from his lectures to teachers as well as faculty meetings.

Also included are chapters by early Waldorf teachers on how Sunday services were inaugurated and practiced in the first decades of the Waldorf movement.

This book was previously published by the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship as Towards Religious Education .

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword to the English Edition by Karla Kiniger

1. Religion in Education
2. The Inauguration of Religion Lessons and Religious Services
3. The Curriculum and Methods for Different Ages
4. Division of the Religion Lessons into Class Groups and Weekly Lessons
5. Selecting Religion Teachers
6. How the Religion Lessons Relate to Denominational Lessons
7. The Sunday Services
8. How the Religion Lessons and Services Relate to The Christian Community


Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.