The essential topics discussed in these lectures: The Christians of St. John; the rebirth of the higher "I" in individuals and in humanity The living spiritual history; the leaders of humanity; the creative Word The transformation of Earth; the prototypes of created types; the servants of the Word The hierarchies of our solar system and the kingdoms of the Earth Human development during the incarnations of our Earth; the kingdom of the luciferic and ahrimanic spirits and the kingdom of the divine spiritual beings The Atlantean oracles; post-Atlantean sanctuaries of initiation; the baptism by John The baptism with water and the baptism with fire and spirit The Mysteries of initiation; rebirth through Jesus Christ The artistic composition of the Gospel of St. John; the climax of power in the signs and miracles Events at the baptism by John; Christ's mastery over the laws of the skeletal structure and the conquest of death The establishment of harmony in the inner forces of human beings through the Christ impulse; the connection between the ancient mysteries and the Gospels The decline of the ancient wisdom and its renewal through the Christ impulse; the significance of the Mystery of Golgotha for human evolution on Earth The cosmic significance of the Mystery of Golgotha; the conquest of death through the expulsion of the luciferic and ahrimanic influence; death as the bringer of life; the Earth becomes a new sun; the effects of the Christ light and its reflection in the Earth's periphery as a spiritual sphere; the Holy Spirit The Earth as the body of Christ and as a new center of light; the Last Supper as a preparation for mystical union with Christ; Paul, the apostle of the spiritually living Christ; the seven stages of Christian initiation; death as the seed of eternal "I" being; spirit knowledge is the fire of life
RUDOLF STEINER (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', meaning 'wisdom of the human being'. As a highly developed seer, he based his work on direct knowledge and perception of spiritual dimensions. He initiated a modern and universal 'science of spirit', accessible to anyone willing to exercise clear and unprejudiced thinking. From his spiritual investigations Steiner provided suggestions for the renewal of many activities, including education (both general and special), agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. Today there are thousands of schools, clinics, farms and other organizations involved in practical work based on his principles. His many published works feature his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development. Steiner wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6,000 lectures across Europe. In 1924 he founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world.