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Mystery of the Christ

Aspects of Christology in the Work of Rudolf Steiner

Paperback
September 2023
9781915776051
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  • Publisher
    Temple Lodge Publishing
  • Published
    26th September
  • ISBN 9781915776051
  • Language English
  • Pages 224 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9.25"
$24.95

Who is the Christ? What is the “Sun spirit”? How should we understand the person of Jesus in relation to the Cosmic Christ or even to the Holy Trinity?

Oskar Kürten creates a mutually reconcilable and coherent text in his majestic overview of Rudolf Steiner’s extensive references to Christ and Jesus dispersed throughout his numerous writings and lectures. We accompany the author as he tries to comprehend the unimaginably vast enigma of Christ’s appearance on Earth. The results of Steiner’s work can sometimes be overwhelming, but as Kürten points out, “Humanity is always advancing in its intellectual and spiritual culture, and each step poses higher demands on our capacity to understand.”

In a volume comprising three previously untranslated booklets—originally intended as study material for people conversant with the fundamentals of anthroposophy—Mystery of the Christ offers numerous pointers toward great mysteries, inviting readers to penetrate ever more deeply into this inexhaustible subject. As Kürten states, this approach enables us “again and again to find surprisingly new insights into the mysterious interconnections in which Christ’s entry into earth-existence and the Mystery of Golgotha are placed.”

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Paul King

PART ONE: CHRIST THE SUN SPIRIT IN THE WORK OF RUDOLF STEINER
Introduction
1. The enigma of Christ’s Appearance on Earth
2. The Logos and Christ
3. The Christ Archangel
4. Christ in the High Sun Spirit
5. Christ in Jesus
6. Other Bearers of the Christ Impulse
7. Jesus of Nazareth
8. Conclusion

PART TWO: THE SUN GOT, THE LOGOS, AND THE TRINITY
Preface
1. Introduction
2. The Father God Creation and the Son God Creation
3. The Trinity and Its Representatives in the Lower Worlds
4. The Primal Trinity and the Trinity of Our World
5. Christ and the Holy Spirit
6. Conclusion

PART THREE: JESUS OF NAZARETH—A CONTRIBUTION TOWARD AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE MYSTERY OF JESUS
Preface
1. Introduction
2. The Jesus Soul as the Representative of the Primordial Soul of Humanity
3. The Preliminary Stages to the Mystery of Golgotha
4. The Rescue of the Human I through the Mystery of Golgotha
5. The Jesus Soul in Krishna
6. The Jesus Soul in the Mysteries
7. The Union of Buddha Forces with Jesus of Nazareth
8. The Earthly life of Jesus of Nazareth
9. The Resurrection
10. Christ Jesus
11. Dates Relating to the Life of Jesus
12. Conclusion

ADDENDUM TO PART THREE: THE SON OF MAN AND THE COSMIC CHRIST
1. The Young Man Who Fled at the Arrest of Christ Jesus
2. Jesus of Nazareth as Son of Man
3. Christ as Son of Man
4. “Son of Man” as a Mystery Expression
5. The Young Man Who Fled as Cosmic Christ

Notes and References

Oskar Kürten, PhD

Oskar Lambert Kürten, PhD,was born in Anleur, Belgium, in 1886. He lost his hearing during his student years, becoming almost completely deaf. Despite this, he held a senior position in the Berlin State Statistical Office for more than fifty years. He developed an interest in spiritual worldviews and had an inner experience that anthroposophy would become his personal path. He lived for and out of anthroposophy, especially Rudolf Steiner’s Christ impulse, penning the trilogy contained in Mystery of the Christ. Kürten is also the author of Symphonies of Creation: The Primal Elementary Kingdoms in the Work of Rudolf Steiner (Temple Lodge 2018). He died in 1973 in Berlin.