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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 out of an understanding of anthroposophy, and it was undoubtedly Steiner's theological lecture courses which led to the formation of the movement. Nonetheless questions remain, which Peter Selg examines closely in this unique book.

•  Steiner's work emphasises the importance of finding the spiritual in everyday life. So why did he help found a 'Sunday church'?
•  In his lectures, Steiner spoke about a 'spiritual communion' without physical matter. So why is there any need for a sacramental communion with real bread and wine, as practiced in The Christian Community?
•  In a much-quoted lecture after the founding of The Christian Community, Steiner said that anthroposophists should have no need of the new religious movement. But on another occasion he said he wished greatly that the movement should succeed. How can these be understood and reconciled?

This long-overdue book is a significant exploration of Steiner's legacy which should have far-reaching implications for mutual understanding and cooperation between The Christian Community and the wider anthroposophical world.

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

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