By Rudolf Steiner
Written 1902 (CW 8)
“Because of his feel of the interconnectedness of the religious international with nature, paintings, drugs, and the entire remainder of existence, Rudolf Steiner used to be a profound polymath. In his seminal research Christianity as Mystical Fact he became his esoteric genius to reading the Christ occasion because the turning aspect within the world's religious history―an incarnation whose importance he observed transcending all religions.”
―Bishop Frederick H. Borsch, professor of recent testomony and chair of Anglican reports, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
“As at the same time mysticism and truth, Christianity is a leap forward within the historic improvement of humanity for which the mysteries, with the implications that they caused, shape a previous evolutionary stage.” ―Rudolf Steiner
During the autumn and iciness of 1901–1902, Steiner gave a sequence of lectures known as “Christianity As Mystical truth” to contributors of the Theosophical Society. The lectures have been rewritten and issued as a e-book later that yr. They mark a watershed within the improvement of Western esotericism. Steiner wrote of the assumption at the back of his publication:
“The identify Christianity As Mystical Fact used to be one I gave to this paintings 8 years in the past, while I accrued jointly the content material of lectures given in 1902. It was once intended to point the unique approach followed within the booklet. Its topic is not only the paranormal facet of Christianity in a historic presentation. It used to be intended to teach, from the viewpoint of a paranormal knowledge, how Christianity got here into being.
Behind this was once the concept non secular happenings have been elements within the emergence of Christianity, that can in simple terms be saw from this sort of perspective. it truly is for the booklet itself to illustrate that, through "mystical,” i don't in any respect indicate a imprecise instinct instead of strict clinical argument. in lots of circles, mysticism is known as simply that, and for this reason it really is exotic from the troubles of all 'genuine' technological know-how.
“In this e-book, even though, i exploit the time period to intend a 'presentation of religious reality'―a truth obtainable in simple terms to a data drawn from the resources of non secular existence itself. an individual who denies the potential for such wisdom in precept will locate its contents challenging to understand; any reader who accepts the concept mysticism might coexist with the readability of the normal sciences, may perhaps recognize that the magical point of Christianity needs to be defined mystically.”
This is a primary e-book, in Steiner's personal improvement, in that of Western esotericism, and for our knowing of the Christ occasion. Readers will locate the evolutionary improvement from the traditional Mysteries throughout the nice Greek philosophers to the occasions portrayed within the Gospels.
Included are an informative creation and annotated notes by way of Andrew Welburn and an afterword by means of Michael Debus, a clergyman of the Christian neighborhood, who summarizes the e-book and locations it in context.
- advent by way of Christopher Bamford
- Translator's Preface by means of Andrew Welburn
- The Mysteries and Mysteriosophy
- The Mysteries and Pre-Socratic Philosophy
- Platonic Mysteries
- fable and Mysteriosophy
- The Egyptian and different japanese Mysteries
- The facts of the Gospels
- The “Miracle” of Lazarus
- The Apocalypse of John
- Jesus in His ancient Setting
- The Essence of Christianity
- Christian and Pagan Wisdom
- Augustine and the Church
- unique Prefaces and extra Materials
- Afterword via Michael Debus
- Translator's Notes
This Collected Works variation features a new advent, a chronology of Rudolf Steiner's existence, and an index. German edition: «Das Christentum als mystische Tatsache und die Mysterien des Altertum»
Cover photo: photograph of Bordeaux Cathedral through James Nicholls.