Christmas: An Introductory Reader
Rudolf Steiner, the multifaceted genius of the twentieth century, contributed much to the renewal of world culture. In addition to his philosophical teachings, he offered ideas for the development of many practical activities, including education, agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, religion, and the arts.
Steiner s original contribution to human knowledge was based on his ability to conduct spiritual research, the investigation of metaphysical dimensions of existence. With his scientific and philosophical training, he brought a new systematic discipline to the field, allowing for conscious methods and comprehensive results. A natural seer from childhood, he cultivated his spiritual vision to a high degree, enabling him to speak with authority on previously veiled mysteries of life.
This introductory reader collects excerpts from Steiner s many talks and writings on the significance of Christmas. This volume features an editorial introduction, afterword, commentary, and notes by Matthew Barton.
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Can We Celebrate Christmas?
Christ Beyond Strife
Empty Phrase or Inner Peace?
Old Christmas Play Traditions
Earth Holds Its Breath
Music and Form Midsummer to Midwinter
Connected to All the Universe
Christmas Initiation Seeing the Sun at Midnight
Innocence and Experience
Past Present and Future
Reverence as a Healing Force
Shepherds and Magi Two Ways of Knowing
From Birth to Rebirth
Christ Born Within Us
The Calyx of Mary the Blossom of Jesus the Seed of Christ
Love the Greatest Power
From Paradise to Golgotha the Thirteen Holy Nights
Extract from the Dream Song of Olaf Asteson
The Jesus Child
The Golden Legend
Note Regarding Rudolf Steiners Lectures
25 December Adam and Eve Ahriman ancient anthroposophy become birth of Christ birth of Jesus blossom born Caesar Augustus celebrated Christ impulse Christ Jesus Christian Christmas festival Christmas mystery Christmas plays Christmas tree clairvoyance connected consciousness cosmic cosmos darkness death deep depths descended divine Dream Song earth earthly evolution Easter eternal etheric body event of Golgotha existence experience Extract feeling festival of Jesus forces future given in Berlin Gospel of St harmony hearts heavenly heights heavens holy night human evolution human soul incarnations inner Jesus child Jesus of Nazareth Jordan baptism knowledge lecture given light lives Lucifer Magi manger meaning Mercury Press Mystery of Golgotha nature Novalis origin outer peace perception physical body physical world reality revealed Rudolf Steiner Press seed sense shines spiritual science St Luke stars sun at midnight supersensible symbol thought tree of paradise understanding vision wisdom world of spirit