Materialism/Infallibility/Intolerance

One needs clairvoyance in order to observe the spiritual world. To understand it, only common sense and logic are necessary. Today, many people who adopt materialistic thinking to various degrees, are possessed by the delusion of infallibility – an outcome of positivism in science. The people of today live in pure fantasy and are unable to distinguish reality from illusion. Although they do not admit the infallibility of the Pope, they think of themselves as infallible. Those who adopt the scientific outlook are nowadays the most intolerant. According to them, spiritual scientists are nothing but fools…but they? Well, they are of course simply infallible.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 56 – Die Erkenntnis der Seele und des Geistes – Berlijn, November 28, 1907 (page 119)

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The infallibility of the Pope is no longer valid for many people, but instead we have the infallibility of the professor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 The infallibility of the Pope is no longer valid for many people, but instead we have the infallibility of the professor.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

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Materialism/Infallibility/Delusion/Intolerance

One needs clairvoyance in order to observe the spiritual world. To understand it, only common sense and logic are necessary. Today, many people who adopt materialistic thinking to various degrees, are possessed by the delusion of infallibility – an outcome of positivism in science. The people of today live in pure fantasy and are unable to distinguish reality from illusion. Although they do not admit the infallibility of the Pope, they think of themselves as infallible. Those who adopt the scientific outlook are nowadays the most intolerant. According to them, spiritual scientists are nothing but fools…but they? Well, they are of course simply infallible :-).

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 56 – Die Erkenntnis der Seele und des Geistes – Berlijn, November 28, 1907 (page 119)

Anonymous translator

Previously posted on September 16, 2015

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 March 2, 2015

Materialism/Infallibility Delusion/Intolerance

One needs clairvoyance in order to observe the spiritual world. To understand it, only common sense and logic are necessary. Today, many people who adopt materialistic thinking to various degrees, are possessed by the delusion of infallibility – an outcome of positivism in science. The people of today live in pure fantasy and are unable to distinguish reality from illusion. Although they do not admit the infallibility of the Pope, they think of themselves as infallible. Those who adopt the scientific outlook are nowadays the most intolerant. According to them, spiritual scientists are nothing but fools…but they? Well, they are of course simply infallible ;-).

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 56 Die Erkenntnis der Seele und des Geistes – Berlijn, November 28, 1907 (page 119)

Anonymous translator

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