The Encounter with Evil and Its Overcoming through Spiritual Science
The Encounter with Evil
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The Encounter with Evil: And Its Overcoming through Spiritual Science: With Essays on the Foundation Stone

In our everyday lives, we are constantly challenged by the phenomenon of evil in all its many manifestations. But how can we cope with this seemingly eternal hindrance?

In the first of these three essays, Prokofieff suggests that we start by developing knowledge of the forces of evil to learn how they work in human evolution. Such knowledge is, in itself, the beginning of the process of overcoming evil. Rudolf Steiner gave them the spiritual “Foundation Stone of the Good” so that members of the Anthroposophical Society might progress along this path.

This Foundation Stone—consisting of light, imaginative form, and the substance of love—can live in our hearts and souls as a firm foundation for esoteric work and as a creative contribution toward the overcoming of evil. Ultimately it can lead us to a conscious experience of Christ in the etheric realm of Earth.

In the second and third essays, Prokofieff examines other themes relating to the etheric advent of Christ and its connection with the “Foundation Stone of the Good.”

C O N T E N T S:



The Encounter with Evil and Its Overcoming through Spiritual Science
The Foundation Stone of the Good


The Mysteries of the Shepherds and the Kings in the Light of Anthroposophy


The Path to a Spiritual Experience of Christ
The Appearance of Christ in Etheric Form
The Essential Nature of the Foundation Stone of the Christmas Conference


About the Author

Sergei O. Prokofieff (1954–2014) was born in Moscow, where he studied fine arts and painting at the Moscow School of Art. At an early age he encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner and quickly realized that his life would be dedicated to the Christian path of esoteric knowledge. He wrote his first book, Rudolf Steiner and the Founding of the New Mysteries, while living in Soviet Russia, and it was published in English in 1994. After the fall of Communism, he helped establish the Anthroposophical Society in Russia. In 2001, he became a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. More than 30 of his books have been translated into English. Sergei Prokofieff passed away in Dornach, Switzerland.

Simon Blaxland de Lange has for many years worked as an educator for people with special needs. He is also a prolific writer and translator and an amateur musician and gardener. Blaxland de Lange helped establish Pericles Translations and Research, Pericles Training and Work (for adults with special needs), and the Pericles Theatre Company. Together with Dr Vivian Law, he cofounded the Humanities Research Group in 1997 and the British group of the Humanities Section of the School of Spiritual Science in 1998. He met Owen Barfield in 1979, and has been a student of his work for the past thirty years.

Additional information

Weight 18 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 0.5 × 8.5 in


Simon Blaxland-de Lange




January 2000






Temple Lodge Press


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