Let us suppose that someone accepts the teachings of spiritual science, but chooses not to follow the path to higher knowledge in his present incarnation. It would still be useful for him to form an idea of how knowledge of the spiritual world is gained.
He would be like a chemist who acquires insight into a particular area of knowledge by accepting the results of an experiment described by someone else, although he has never himself performed it.
Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 143 – Erfahrungen des Übersinnlichen/Die drei Wege der Seele zu Christus – Zurich, January 15, 1912 (page 56)
Previously posted on December 12, 2015