Preparing for the Sixth Epoch

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Preparing for the Sixth Epoch

This is a key lecture for the development of anthroposophical group work. Above all, brotherliness, freedom of thought, and pneumatology must prevail. Three cardinal characteristics must be developed: compassion, so that we feel another’s suffering as our own; individual, freely determined religious belief; and, the primacy of the spiritual in all areas of life. This is the same as to say: “Community above us; Christ in us.”

This lecture was given in Düsseldorf at the opening of Group II, on June 15, 1915. It was originally published in English with the title How Anthroposophical Groups Prepare for the Sixth Epoch, or Three Fundamental Characteristics of the Future Civilization of Mankind.

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. 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.

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Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 4.5 × 0.1 × 6.5 in




January 1979






CW 159


Anthroposophic Press


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