Christianity as Mystical Fact & the Mysteries of Antiquity – Rudolph Steiner (1948)


Christianity as Mystical Fact & the Mysteries of Antiquity – Rudolph Steiner (1948)


Title: Christianity as Mystical Fact & the Mysteries of Antiquity

Author: Rudolph Steiner, H Collison (trans)

Publisher: Rudolph Steiner Publishing Company, 1948. Third edition.

Condition: Hardcover, cloth. Spine faded, but otherwise very good. Firmly bound, clean.

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About the book:

IN THIS BOOK Rudolf Steiner traces the path leading from the secret rituals of ancient Mystery sanctuaries to their ultimate fulfillment in the Mystery of Golgotha, accomplished by Christ “on the great stage of world history as an external fact.” Steiner shows how the currents of spiritual experience forming the science, art and religion of the ancient world, found their highest expression in the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ — the Mystery of Golgotha. In the latter Steiner saw the central event in the evolution of cosmos, earth and man, the culminating point of the prehistorical and historical process, which began with the divine word, “Let there be light.” In Christ’s Deed of Freedom he recognized the spiritual impulse in which alone can be found the significance and the destiny of all created things. Steiner considered “the Logos which became flesh” as the foundation for all contemporary religious striving, stating plainly, “Today it is no longer possible to find the spiritual unless we grasp the Mystery of Golgotha.” This book is a first step on the way to a truly modern comprehension of the Mystery of Golgotha — of the events leading up to it, and of the consequences of it in the early years of our era. It carries the reader from that time when men still recognized as concrete, living reality the birth of all things out of the divine Will, through the central moment of the Death on Golgotha, to the awakening of new possibilities for creation in the dawning light of the Spirit.

– from the Rudolph Steiner Archive


I. Bibliographical Note
II. Foreword
III. Introduction: Rudolf Steiner A Biographical Sketch
IV. Author’s Preface to the Second Edition
V. Points of View
VI. Mysteries and Mystery Wisdom
VII. Greek Sages Before Plato in the Light of Mystery Wisdom
VIII. Plato as a Mystic
IX. Mystery Wisdom and Myth
X. Egyptian Mystery Wisdom
XI. The Gospels
XII. The Miracle of the Raising of Lazarus
XIII. The Apocalypse of John
XIV. Jesus and his Historical Background
X. The Essence of Christianity
XVI. Christianity and Pagan Wisdom
XVII. Augustine and the Church
XVIII. Comments by the Author