A Vision for the Millennium: Modern Spirituality and Cultural Renewal

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Rudolf Steiner Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 132 pages
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"Could it not be possible that today something of infinite importance is taking place without people being aware of it. Something of supreme impor-tance is taking place, although it is perceptible only to the eye of the spirit."--Rudolf Steiner

For many, the new millennium has come to symbolize a new beginning--a time to stop, reassess, and question our direction as indi-viduals and as a society. It is also a time to reexamine our philosophies and values. This collection of excerpts from his many books and lectures provides an excellent introduc-tion to his spiritual, millennial vision. It includes commentary on the significance of the coming transformation of all areas of life, the importance of spiritual ecology, the transfiguration of the Earth, and the roles of angelic and other spiritual beings in our time.

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About the author (1999)

Austrian-born Rudolf Steiner was a noted Goethe (see Vol. 2) scholar and private student of the occult who became involved with Theosophy in Germany in 1902, when he met Annie Besant (1847--1933), a devoted follower of Madame Helena P. Blavatsky (1831--1891). In 1912 he broke with the Theosophists because of what he regarded as their oriental bias and established a system of his own, which he called Anthroposophy (anthro meaning "man"; sophia sophia meaning "wisdom"), a "spiritual science" he hoped would restore humanism to a materialistic world. In 1923 he set up headquarters for the Society of Anthroposophy in New York City. Steiner believed that human beings had evolved to the point where material existence had obscured spiritual capacities and that Christ had come to reverse that trend and to inaugurate an age of spiritual reintegration. He advocated that education, art, agriculture, and science be based on spiritual principles and infused with the psychic powers he believed were latent in everyone. The world center of the Anhthroposophical Society today is in Dornach, Switzerland, in a building designed by Steiner. The nonproselytizing society is noted for its schools.

Andrew Welburn is a fellow of New College, Oxford. He has written, translated, and edited numerous books on spiritual science and early Christianity, including The Beginnings of Christianity: Essene Mystery, Gnostic Revelation and the Christian Vision (1991); Gnosis: The Mysteries and Christianity (1994); and Myth of the Nativity: The Virgin Birth Re-examined (2006).

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