GA 353

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The History of Mankind and the World Views of the Cultured Peoples

Die Geschichte der Menschheit und die Weltanschauungen der Kulturvölker

Volume VII - Seventeen Lectures, Dornach 1 March to 25 June 1924.

The remarkable discussions in this volume took place between Rudolf Steiner and workers at the Goetheanum, Switzerland. The varied subject-matter was chosen by his audience at Rudolf Steiner's instigation. Steiner took their questions and usually gave immediate answers. The astonishing nature of these responses - their insight, knowledge and spiritual depth - is testimony to his outstanding ability as a spiritual initiate and profound thinker. Accessible, entertaining and stimulating, the records of these sessions will be a delight to anybody with an open mind.

Contents (selection)

In this particular collection, Rudolf Steiner deals with topics ranging from beetroot to Buddhism! He discusses, among other things, Christianity and Islam; the Crusades; cemeteries; comets; the zodiac and fixed stars; scars; Egyptian mummies; astronomy; Tibet and the Dalai Lama; Freemasonry; star wisdom, moon and sun religions; the Mysteries; the Trinity; Moses; Easter; the ancient Indians, Egyptians, Babylonians and Jews; Kant and Schopenhauer, and nationalism.

The Influence of the Cemetery Atmosphere on Man. The views of life of the ancient Indians, Egyptians, Babylonians and Jews / The entry of Christianity into the ancient world / Starry wisdom, moon and sun religion / What did Europe look like at the time of the spread of Christianity / The Trinity. The three forms of Christianity and Islam. The Crusades / Concepts of Christ in Ancient and Modern Times / On Easter / On Scarification. The Mummy / On the Foundation of a Spiritual-Scientific Astronomy / On the Nature of Judaism / On the Sephirot Tree / On Comets and the Solar System, the Zodiac and the Other Fixed Stars / The Nature of the Sun. Origin of Freemasonry. Ku Klux Klan / Man and the Hierarchies.



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References to the work of Rudolf Steiner follow Rudolf Steiner's Collected Works (CW or GA), Rudolf Steiner Verlag, Dornach/Switzerland, unless otherwise stated.
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Rudolf Steiner Archive - The largest online collection of Rudolf Steiner's books, lectures and articles in English (by Steiner Online Library).
Rudolf Steiner Audio - Recorded and Read by Dale Brunsvold - Anthroposophic Press Inc. (USA)
Rudolf Steiner Handbook - Christian Karl's proven standard work for orientation in Rudolf Steiner's Collected Works for free download as PDF.