New religions will no longer arise  

Anthroposophy knows full well that she can never be a religion, because she recognises the actual course of development in time; she knows that just as little as one can become a child again at the age of 60, just as little humanity can develop religions in the present era and in future times. Forming religions belonged to other times. New religions will no longer arise.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 72 – Freiheit Unsterblichkeit Soziales Leben – Basel, 19th October 1917  (page 89)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

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Previously posted on June 9, 2018

 

About truths and opinions (1 of 5)

Humanity has now descended to the point where not only manners and customs are individual but even opinions and faiths as well. There are people among us already who look on it as a lofty ideal for everyone to have his own religion. The idea floats before quite a number that a time must come when there are as many religions and truths as persons.

To be continued

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 102 – The Influence of Spiritual Beings on Man: Lecture IX – Berlin, 1st Jun1908

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Previously posted on July 22, 2018

Whenever man develops one of the virtues, he unfolds a new faculty of perception

All the great Founders of religions have been possessed of clairvoyant sight. They are the spiritual Guides of mankind, and their precepts are precepts of the moral life based on astral and spiritual truths. This explains the similarities in all the religions. There is a certain similarity, for instance, between the Eight-fold Path of the Buddha and the Eight Beatitudes of Christ. The same underlying truth is that whenever man develops one of the virtues, he unfolds a new faculty of perception. Why are eight stages mentioned? Because the seer knows that the faculties which may be transmuted into organs of perception are eight in number.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 94 – An Esoteric Cosmology – Lecture X: The Astral World – Paris, 6th June 1906

Translated by Rene Querido

Previously posted on May 10, 2018

Misunderstanding about Mystery of  Golgotha and other religions

To say that the Mystery of Golgotha ought not be placed as a unique event in the evolution of humanity because other religions would not be able to acknowledge this fact shows complete misunderstanding. Let us consider the following. Today we have the sacred religious books of India and a modern Western world-conception. Today in the West we teach the Copernican system, and no one would suggest that we ought not to teach the Copernican theory because it is not contained in the sacred books of India! For the same reason no one can object to the teaching of the Mystery of Golgotha because it is not to be found in the religious writings of the ancient Hindus.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 140 – Life Between Death and Rebirth: I: Investigations Into Life Between Death and Rebirth – Milan, October 26, 1912

Previously posted on December 16, 2019

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The time for prophets and founding religions is over

A truly religious person can grasp that religion is only enriched and deepened by scientific knowledge. Spiritual science doesn’t want to have anything to do with founding a new religion or to give rise to prophets or founders of sects. Mankind has matured; the time for prophets and founding religions is over. And in future people who feel the urge to be prophets will suffer a different fate from the prophets of old, who, in accordance with the ways of their times, were rightly revered as outstanding individuals. People of today who try to be prophets in the old sense will simply be laughed at. 

Spiritual science doesn’t need any prophets because by its very nature it bases what it has to say upon the depths of the human soul, depths which our souls cannot always illuminate. And the spiritual scientist simply wants to investigate his subject as an unassuming researcher, drawing attention to vital matters. He says, “I’ve discovered it; you can discover it for yourself, too, if you try.” It won’t take long until the spiritual investigator is recognized as a researcher just like any chemist or biologist. The difference is that the spiritual researcher does his research in a field of concern to every human soul.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 155 – Anthroposophy and Christianity – Norrköping, July 13, 1914

Previously posted on October 22, 2018

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