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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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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • 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

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.