Rudolf Steiner and The Christian Community

Rudolf Steiner and The Christian Community

By:  Post, Marsha
Selg, Peter

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RELIGION / Christian Church / History

The relationship between The Christian Community and the Anthroposophical Society is complex and often misunderstood. Christian Community priests work out of an understanding of anthroposophy, and it was undoubtedly Steiner's theological lecture courses which led to the formation of the movement. Nonetheless questions remain, which Peter Selg examines closely in this unique book. 

•  Steiner's work emphasises the importance of finding the spiritual in everyday life. So why did he help found a 'Sunday church'? 
•  In his lectures, Steiner spoke about a 'spiritual communion' without physical matter. So why is there any need for a sacramental communion with real bread and wine, as practiced in The Christian Community? 
•  In a much-quoted lecture after the founding of The Christian Community, Steiner said that anthroposophists should have no need of the new religious movement. But on another occasion he said he wished greatly that the movement should succeed. How can these be understood and reconciled? 

This long-overdue book is a significant exploration of Steiner's legacy which should have far-reaching implications for mutual understanding and cooperation between The Christian Community and the wider anthroposophical world.

Table of Contents

The common ground of the anthroposophical 
daughter movements 
The special situation of The Christian Community 
The relationship of The Christian Community to 
the Anthroposophical Society 
Unclarity for members of the 
Anthroposophical Society 
Rudolf Steiner's appeals to theologians 
Steps to founding The Christian Community 
Subsequent problems 
The burning of the Goetheanum 
The Christmas Foundation of the 
Anthroposophical Society 
The task of priests and of ritual 
Rosicrucian understanding

“What Peter Selg has conveyed more than anything in this book is that Rudolf Steiner saw the existence of The Christian Community as intrinsic to the health and development of the anthroposophical movement. The book is informative and enlightening on a subject that, perhaps, is still not quite properly understood by those within the anthroposophical movement, but ought to be. I recommend its reading.”New View

Marsha Post is senior editor, translator, and Waldorf and adult education coordinator for SteinerBooks. While living in New York City, she was a leader in the Anthroposophical Society branch. She also served on the General Council of the Anthroposophical Society. 


Peter Selg was born in 1963 in Stuttgart and studied medicine in Witten-Herdecke, Zurich, and Berlin. Until 2000, he worked as the head physician of the juvenile psychiatry department of Herdecke hospital in Germany. Dr. Selg is now director of the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Research into Anthroposophy (Arlesheim, Switzerland) and professor of medicine at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Germany). He lectures extensively and is the author of numerous books, many of which have been published in English.