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The Origins of the Creed of The Christian Community

Its History and Significance Today

Peter Selg
Translated by Matthew Barton
November 2019
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  • Published
    26th November 2019
  • ISBN 9781782506126
  • Language English
  • Pages 80 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

Unlike other Christian creeds, the creed of The Christian Community is not a statement of belief, but rather a series of assertions that act as a path toward a deeper understanding of Christianity. 

Peter Selg offers an insightful and informative overview of how—in the time leading up to the founding of The Christian Community nearly a century ago—Rudolf Steiner formulated both the creed itself and its founding principles. 

Selg also examines the history of Christian creeds—including the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed—and compares them to each other. Finally, he also explores the ongoing significance of the creed for The Christian Community today. 

“This clearly written and comprehensive overview of the history of the creed through the ages and the importance of its renewal at the time of the foundation of The Christian Community...will certainly help those who are new to the words of the Creed to deepen their interest and continue their studies. It could also open a door for those who have been seeking for a deepening of their spiritual life and a direction to guide their religious feelings.... This is an interesting and helpful new addition to Selg's series of introductory readers.”

Camphill Correspondence

C O N T E N T S:

Anthroposophy and religion
Before the founding of The Christian Community
First reading of the Creed of The Christian Community
Finding the words for the new Creed
The development of the text of the Creed
Christian Community works on the Creed
The Creed as preparation for baptism
First formulation of the Creed
The Creed as a defence against gnosis
The Nicene Creed
The priest and the Creed
Comparison of versions of the Creed
Steiner’s reticence in explaining the Creed
Our responsibility today
The Creed for the future


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