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The Lord's Prayer and Rudolf Steiner

A Study of His Insights into the Archetypal Prayer of Christianity

Peter Selg
Translated by Matthew Barton
May 2014
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    1st May 2014
  • ISBN 9781782500513
  • Language English
  • Pages 128 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

“Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

Steiner once called the Lord's Prayer the "greatest initiation prayer" and spoke about it many times, also referring to it as the central prayer of Christian experience. For most of his life as an esoteric teacher, Rudolf Steiner prayed the Lord;s Prayer standing upright. He used to say it so loudly in his Berlin apartment that it could be heard outside his door and in the neighboring room.

This book gathers, for the first time, all of Steiner's comments, accounts, and perspectives on the Lord's Prayer, offering a fuller scope and depth of his ideas. Along the way, Peter Selg reveals some surprising insights into the spiritual history and mission of Christianity.

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