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Rudolf Steiner and The Christian Community

Peter Selg
Translated by Marsha Post
May 2018
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    30th May 2018
  • ISBN 9781782504818
  • Language German
  • Pages 128 pp.
  • Size 5.4" x 8.5"

The relationship between The Christian Community and the Anthroposophical Society is complex and often misunderstood. Christian Community priests work from an understanding of Anthroposophy, and it was undoubtedly Steiner's theological lecture courses that led to the formation of the movement for religious renewal. Nonetheless, questions remain, which Peter Selg examines closely in this unique book.

•  Steiner's work emphasizes the importance of finding the spiritual in everyday life. So why did he help help to establish a “Sunday church”?
•  In his lectures, Steiner spoke of a “spiritual communion” without physical matter. So why is there any need for a sacramental communion with physical bread and wine, as practiced in The Christian Community?
•  In a much-quoted lecture after the establishment of The Christian Community, Rudolf Steiner stated that anthroposophists should not need the movement for religious renewal. On another occasion, however, he stated that he greatly wished for the movement's success. How should these statements be understood and reconciled?

This timely book offers a significant exploration of Steiner's legacy that has far-reaching implications for mutual understanding and cooperation between The Christian Community and the broader anthroposophic movement.

C O N T E N T S:


The common ground of the anthroposophical
daughter movements
The special situation of The Christian Community
The relationship of The Christian Community to
the Anthroposophical Society
Unclarity for members of the
Anthroposophical Society
Rudolf Steiner's appeals to theologians
Steps to founding The Christian Community
Subsequent problems
The burning of the Goetheanum
The Christmas Foundation of the
Anthroposophical Society
The task of priests and of ritual
Rosicrucian understanding

Peter Selg

Peter Selg studied medicine in Witten-Herdecke, Zurich, and Berlin and, until 2000, worked as the head physician of the juvenile psychiatry department of Herdecke Hospital in Germany. Dr. Selg is director of the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Research into Anthroposophy (Arlesheim, Switzerland), professor of medicine at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Germany), and co-leader of the General Anthroposophical Section at the Goetheanum. He is the author of numerous books on Rudolf Steiner, anthroposophy, medical ethics, and the development of culture and consciousness.