Rudolf Steiner’s Research of the Gospels – Contributions to a Renewed and Interreligious Understanding of the Being of Christ

The Four Gospels, the Pauline Epistles and the Revelations of John are fields of research that Rudolf Steiner worked on from 1902 until the end of his life. Contrary to the theology of his time, which described the Gospels as scientifically untenable or Christ as a myth, Steiner regarded the Gospels as accounts of stages of initiation. This implies that they are no longer of mere theological concern, but as initiation texts that pertain to every human being who wants to follow an inner path of development. By integrating the Gospels in the mystery streams of antiquity and understanding them in the context of human history, it is also possible to develop access to the Christ being that transcends all cultures. The future of the earth depends on the central fact of the mystery of Golgotha and thus the deed of the Christ-being taken up and understood by human beings: Christ as the archetype of the ‘I’. The earth is therefore the place where future humanity will be formed from the ‘I’s of the individual human beings.

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