According to Luke: The Gospel of Compassion and Love Revealed
10 lectures, Basel, September 15-26, 1909 (CW 114)
Rudolf Steiner was born with clairvoyant capacities, but it was not until he was forty that he could connect his inner experiences with Jesus Christ. After that “solemn festival of knowledge,” as he described it in his Autobiography, Steiner received ceaseless revelations about the significance of the Christ’s incarnation. For the next twenty years, he spoke of the hidden background to all four gospels, the Book of Revelations, and even what he called the Fifth Gospel, read directly from the spirit worlds.
These lectures present the most accessible and illuminating of Steiner’s revelations about the significance of the Christ for the spiritual development of humanity. He discusses the link between the Buddha and the Christ, which unites Buddhism and Christianity—not in theory but in the spiritual activities of those two beings.
Steiner also describes the relationship between the Greek Mystery traditions and the Mystery of Golgotha:
“A sign was to be placed before them as well, a sign that would now be enacted before the eyes of all humankind. The ‘mystical death,’ which had been a ceremonial act in the Mystery temples for hundreds and thousands of years, would now be presented on the great stage of world history. Everything that had taken place in the secrecy of initiation temples was brought into the open as a single event on Golgotha.”
Utilizing a historical overview, revealing the relationship between the great religious traditions, and how they have conspired together for the good of humanity, Steiner never loses sight of the Gospel’s great inner meaning, as echoed in the Gospel of St. Luke: “The revelation of the spiritual worlds from the Heights and its answering reflection from human hearts brings peace to all whose purpose upon the evolving Earth is to develop good will.”
C O N T E N T S:
Introduction by Robert A. McDermott
1. The Four Gospels in the Light of Anthroposophy
2. The Luke Gospel As an Expression of Love and Compassion
3. Buddha’s Contribution to Humanity
4. Formation of the Nathan-Jesus Child
5. Contributions of the Nathan Jesus from Buddha and Zarathustra
6. Elijah, John the Baptist, and Zarathustra
7. Christ, the Great Mystery of Earth Evolution
8. Illness and Healing in Luke and in the Evolution of Consciousness
9. Christ and Maitreya Buddha
10. the Mystery of Golgotha as a New Form of Initiation
Rudolf Steiner’s Ten Lectures on the Gospel of Luke by Robert A. McDermott
About this Edition
About the Author
Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up (see right). As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.