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Esoteric Christianity and the Mission of Christian Rosenkreutz

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Rudolf Steiner did not intend publishing the lectures of this volume, and he did not check them himself. Therefore he chose neither the name of the book nor the title of the individual lectures. Those that have already appeared in print received their titles as publications of Marie Steiner.

Rudolf Steiner gave these lectures while still working with his Anthroposophically orientated Spiritual Science within the Theosophical Society of those days, therefore he used the term ‘Theosophy’, but always in the sense of his Spiritual Science which was Anthroposophically orientated right from the beginning. In accordance with instructions Rudolf Steiner gave at a later date most of them have been altered to ‘Spiritual Science’ or ‘Anthroposophy’.


  1. The Theosophical Society, founded by H.P. Blavatsky: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, nee von Hahn (Ekaterinoslav, Southern Russia, 1831 – 1891 London), founded the Theosophical Society together with Col. H.S. Olcott in New York in 1875, its headquarters moving in 1879 to India (Adyar, near Madras).

  2. The Secret Doctrine: The Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy. Volume 1, Cosmogenesis; Volume II, Anthropogenesis; London, 1888. A third volume was published from manuscripts by Annie Besant in London in 1897.

  3. Max Mull