What is the use of new Spiritual movements?

How often we hear it said today: ‘What is the use of new Spiritual movements? We have our old traditions which have been preserved through the ages as far back as history records; do not let us spoil those traditions by what these people say who always think they know best!’ That is an egotistical expression of the human soul. Those who speak thus are not aware of this; they do not realise that they are only anxious about the demands of their own souls. In themselves they feel: ‘We are quite satisfied with what we have!’

And they establish the dogma, a dreadful dogma from the standpoint of conscience, ‘If we are satisfied with our way, those who must learn from us, those who come after us, must learn to find satisfaction in the same way as we have. All must go on as we ourselves feel to be right, in accordance with our knowledge!’ That way of talking is very, very frequently heard in the outer world. This does not merely come from the limitations of a narrow soul, but is connected with what we might call an egotistical bent of the human soul. In religious life souls may in reality be extremely egotistical, while wearing a mask of piety.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 116 – The Christ Impulse and the Development of the Ego-Consciousness: LECTURE 7. THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF CONSCIENCE – Berlin, 8 May, 1910

Translated by Harry Collison

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Physical science claims to know all there is to know

Physical scientists often say that spiritual science stands on unscientific grounds. How can this be true when spiritual science accepts all the findings of physical science? Some firm advocates of physical science expect spiritual scientists to remain within the limits of physical scientific knowledge. They not only want others to embrace their viewpoint, but also demand to conform to their dogma, so nothing can be added to what they say.

Source (German) Rudolf Steiner – GA 56 – Die Erkenntnis der Seele und des Geistes – Berlin, 9 April 1908 (page 269-270)

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 Previously posted on April 28, 2016

Physical science claims to know all there is to know

Physical scientists often say that spiritual science stands on unscientific grounds. How can this be true when spiritual science accepts all the findings of physical science? Some firm advocates of physical science expect spiritual scientists to remain within the limits of physical scientific knowledge. They not only want others to embrace their viewpoint, but also demand to conform to their dogma, so nothing can be added to what they say.

Source (German) Rudolf Steiner – GA 56 – Die Erkenntnis der Seele und des Geistes – Berlin, 9 April 1908 (page 269-270)

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The infallibility of the Pope is no longer valid for many people, but instead we have the infallibility of the professor

In Europe today there are plenty of people who think they have learnt to do without dogmas, yet it is precisely the freethinkers and the materialists who are the worst fanatics for dogmas. The dogma of materialism is much more oppressive than any other. The infallibility of the Pope is no longer valid for many people, but instead we have the infallibility of the professor. Even the most liberal-minded, whatever they may say to the contrary, are victims of the dogmas of materialism. Think of the dogmas which burden lawyers, doctors and so on. Every university professor teaches his own dogma. Or think how people suffer from the dogma of the infallibility of public opinion, of the newspapers!

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 95 – At the Gates of Spiritual Science – Lecture XIII: Oriental and Christian Training – Stuttgart, 3rd September 1906

Translated by E.H. Goddard & Charles Davy

Previously posted on 3th December 2013