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Spiritual Wisdom in the Early Christian Centuries

Anthroposophy - Midsummer 1930 Volume 5 Number 2

By Rudolf Steiner

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A lecture given at Dornach, July 16th, 1922. From a shorthand report unrevised by the lecturer. Published by kind permission of Frau Marie Steiner. All rights reserved by the Philosophisch-Anthroposophischer Verlag, Dornach, Switzerland.

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ANTHROPOSOPHY
A Quarterly Review of Spiritual Science
No. 2                Midsummer 1930                Vol. 5

Spiritual Wisdom in the Early Christian Centuries

By RUDOLF STEINER

A lecture given at Dornach, July 16th, 1922. From a shorthand report unrevised by the lecturer. Published by kind permission of Frau Marie Steiner. All rights reserved by the Philosophisch-Anthroposophischer Verlag, Dornach, Switzerland.

I HAVE said on many occasions that at the time when medieval culture had reached its prime, two streams of spiritual life were flowing through the ripest souls in European civilisation — streams which I have described as knowledge through revelation and knowledge acquired by reason, as we find it in Scholasticism. Knowledge through revelation, in its more scholastic form, was by no means a body of mystical, abstract or indefinite thought. It expressed itself in sharply defined, clear-cut concepts. But these concepts were considered to be beyond the scope of man's ordinary powers of cognition and must in every case be accepted as traditions of the Church. The Church, by virtue of its continuity, claimed the right to be the guardian of this kind of knowledge.

The second kind of knowledge was held to be within the scope of research and investigation