The lectures and discussions in this book make up the first of the five Priest Courses given by Rudolf Steiner. They record the first steps of the remarkable journey taken in 1921 by a small group of dedicated individuals who, out of their own soul needs and guided by Rudolf Steiner, sought a path to Christian religious renewal. Addressing the group in a warm, intimate manner, Steiner framed their task not primarily in the theological terms, but as the need for a renewal of "the religious" -that is, "the working of the religious elements as such." However, the task of re-opening the spiritual worlds could not be accomplished by starting from "old conditions." Earlier, people could still understand concepts such as "Christ," "grace," and "salvation," but now a new starting-point was needed. In this course, Steiner lays the groundwork for developing actual life in God rather than merely knowledge of God (theology). In addition, he addresses what the group named as its deepest concerns: ritual, the sermon, community building, and the relationship between these and the striving to awaken to the "I" or individuality. Reading this document, those drawn to Christianity, Anthroposophy, or Rudolf Steiner himself will find new ways of thinking about Christianity-and will find themselves transformed by it. For basically, the essential thing with a Christian is his or her relationship to Christ Jesus himself, to this totally objective being. That is the essential thing. A personal relationship to Christ Jesus is the essential of Christianity. Book jacket.
Renewing Christian Religious Work
Courses for Priests, 1
The Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner
Mind, Body & Spirit