Different forms of religious worship and ritual have been present throughout the development of human beings, from early stone-age ritual, nature religion, and ancestor worship to faiths from which Christianity and the Eucharist emerged.
In this book, Bastiaan Baan traces the origins and metamorphosis of human religion in historical, theological, and humanistic terms, examining its significance for human life on Earth and in the spiritual world.
C O N T E N T S:
1. Forms of Worship in the Stone Age
2. Nature Religion and Ancestor Worship
3. The Patriarchs in the Old Testament
4. Jewish Ritual and the Temple of Solomon
6. The Origin of the Christian Ritual
7. The Development of the Eucharist
8. Christianity and Renewal
9. The Sacrament of Bread and Wine
10. The Senses in the Sacrament
11. Ritual and Visual Art
12. The Unborn and the Dead in Ritual
13. Hierarchies and Adversary Powers
14. The Future of Ritual
“This interesting book, which contains copies of many beautiful pictures, helped me to understand more about the importance of ritual and how I can connect to ritual acts.”—Marjan Sikkel, Camphill Correspondence
“This is a marvelous account by Christian Community priest Bastiaan Baan of religious ritual.... It is very clear and enjoyable to read.”—Anthroposophical Society of Great Britain
Bastiaan Baan worked as a teacher in the Netherlands before being ordained in 1981. He was a Christian Community priest in the Netherlands and before becoming director of the priests’ seminary in Spring Valley, NY. He lectures widely, and has written many books. Lord of the Elements is his first book to be published in English.
Philip Mees was born in Holland and has lived in the United States since 1969. He is a retired bank officer and was for many years a trustee of the Rudolf Steiner Foundation (RSF Social Finance, San Francisco CA). He is a long-time student of Rudolf Steiner’s work and one of his particular interests is the evolution of human consciousness through the ages as expressed in art, as well as in human actions in everyday life today. His principal retirement occupation is translating Dutch anthroposophical books, in which his ably assisted by his wife Linda Connell. Linda and he live in Glendale CA.