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Inner Impulses of Evolution

The Mexican Mysteries and the Knights Templar

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Inner Impulses of Evolution

The Mexican Mysteries and The Knights Templar

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These lectures trace important developments in evolution such as the two-sided attempt to falsely extend the ancient Atlantean mysteries by the luciferic eastern campaigns of Genghis Khan and the ahrimanic western black magic mysteries centered in Mexico. New light is also shed on the fate of the Knights Templar, and Henry VIII, and Sir Thomas Moore. Steiner shows how we must Christianize all our activities and that we need to concern ourselves with four problems: natural urges, birth, death, and evil.

By Rudolf Steiner

GA 171

With an introduction by Frédéric Kozlik

These lectures trace important developments in evolution such as the two-sided attempt to falsely extend the ancient Atlantean mysteries by the luciferic eastern campaigns of Genghis Khan and the ahrimanic western black magic mysteries centered in Mexico. New light is also shed on the fate of the Knights Templar, and Henry VIII, and Sir Thomas Moore. Steiner shows how we must Christianize all our activities and that we need to concern ourselves with four problems: natural urges, birth, death, and evil.

The seven lectures presented here were given in Dornach, Switzerland, Sept. 16th to Oct. 1st, 1916. They were revised for this edition by Gilbert Church, Frédéric Kozlik, and Stewart C. Easton. In the Collected Edition of Rudolf Steiner's works, the volume containing the German texts is entitled, Innere Entwicklungsimpulse der Menschheit (Vol. 171 in the Bibliographic Survey, 1961).

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

Copyright © 1984
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CONTENTS

 Cover Sheet  
 Contents
 Foreword by Stewart C. Easton
 Introduction by Frédéric Kozlik
 
I: Lecture I
The Effects of Greece and Rome on Our Time
September 16, 1916
II: Lecture II
The Influence of Luciferic and Ahrimanic Beings on Historical Development. The clear Perception of the Sensory World and Free Imaginations as the Task of Our Time. Genghis Khan and the Discovery of America
September 17, 1916
III: Lecture III
The After Effects of the Atlantean Mysteries in America and Asia
September 18, 1916
IV: Lecture IV
The Rise of Spiritualism. The Need for the Science of the Spirit
September 23, 1916
V: Lecture V
Atlantean Impulses in the Mexican Mysteries. The Problem of Natural Urges and Impulses, The Problem of Death
September 24, 1916
VI: Lecture VI
Ancient Cultural Impulses Spiritualized in Goethe. The Cosmic Knowledge of the Knights Templar
September 25, 1916
VII: Lecture VII
Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More. The Education of Man through the Materialistic Conception
October 01, 1916
 
 Footnotes
 Back Cover Sheet  




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