From “The Elephant in the Eurythmy Room, Is Waldorf Education Christian.” Warren Lee Cohen, MEd. Renewal, Volume 21, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2012, pages 34-36
For Steiner, the Christ is a high cosmic being who plays a central spiritual role in the development of human consciousness and the evolution of all humanity. The Christ as a universal spirit of love and freedom has been active throughout human history in all cultures and religions. The “Christ impulse” has served and serves to inspire human beings to realize their highest moral and spiritual potential. This “Representative of Humanity” is not tied to any particular culture or religion but is present, in both obvious and subtle ways, for all humanity and for Earth itself.
At one point in history -the turning point of time- the Christ Being incarnated on Earth as Christ Jesus. According to Steiner, however, Jesus of Nazareth is not the Christ. Jesus is a human being, a man (albeit a very highly evolved one), and it is only at the baptism in the Jordan River that the Christ Being united with the man Jesus. Christ Jesus lived then for three and a half years, teaching, healing, confronting the religious authorities of the time, was arrested, crucified, died and was resurrected. According to Steiner, the resurrected Christ united his Being with the destiny of humanity and with Earth itself. To this day he continues to work as a positive impulse among all peoples of the world, in all cultures and religions.
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Did you know Mary Baker Eddy and Steiner both were apart of a group that split off in many directions? Mrs Eddy being one of the first to off shot. Some thing about the Masters.
I too was raised in CS and I’m trying to find my way with my two boys. Its interesting sometimes I have to explain it to my husband that simple was taught a whole different language then him. It can be hard to explain to others.
Ms. Eddy and Steiner share a similar philosophical background — 17th and 18th century Germans, a fascinating group — Goethe, Fiche, Hegel, Kant, Nietzsche. Both are crazy, but I find I far prefer Steiner’s crazy to Ms. Eddy’s.
It can be hard raising children, and the shadow of Christian Science looming in the background makes it all the harder.
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