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Christianity As Mystical Fact

and the Mysteries of Antiquity

By Rudolf Steiner

GA 8

What is the connection between early Christianity and its contemporary counterparts and its antecedents? The comparison is not to Roman emperor worship, but rather to the practices of the Mystery Religions. One interesting comparison which can be made is the raising of Lazarus to the traditional temple sleep of three days and three nights.

As his source for many of the classical quotations included in Christianity as Mystical Fact, Rudolf Steiner used Otto Willman's Geschichte des Idealismus, History of Idealism. The present translators have referred to original texts wherever possible for this edition of Steiner's book. See the Translator's Notes.

This edition is presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

Copyright © 1961
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CONTENTS

 Cover Sheet  
Opening Quotes by Rudolf Steiner  
Contents  
Bibliographical Note  
Foreword  
Introduction: Rudolf Steiner — A Biographical Sketch  
Author's Preface to the Second Edition  
Points of View  
Mysteries and Mystery Wisdom  
Greek Sages Before Plato In the Light of Mystery Wisdom  
Plato as a Mystic  
Mystery Wisdom and Myth  
Egyptian Mystery Wisdom  
The Gospels  
The Miracle of the Raising of Lazarus  
The Apocalypse of John  
Jesus and His Historical Background  
The Essence of Christianity  
Christianity and Pagan Wisdom  
Augustine and the Church  
Comments By the Author  
Translator's Notes  
Reference Guide to Principal Themes in Christianity As Mystical Fact, Based on Other Works by Rudolf Steiner  
 Back Cover Sheet  




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