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The Challenge of the Times

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Sketch of Rudolf Steiner lecturing at the East-West Conference in Vienna.

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The Challenge of the Times

Challenge/Times: Publisher's Note

On-line since: 15th November, 2011

Lots of fascinating esoteric stuff here: The Roman Church, for instance, has contributed more toward hindering the introduction of the image of Christ into human hearts and minds than it has helped. Steiner explains why.

The chaos before, during and after the first world war, which after Steiner's death in 1925 led to the worst man-made catastrophe in European history, is still a mystery to historians, and Steiner gives us some juicy details here. Kurt Eisner, Premier of Bavaria, described by Steiner in this lecture, was assassinated less than three months after the lecture was given, on 21 February 1919, when he was on his way to present his resignation to the Bavarian parliament. The devious, cowardly and self-serving Erich Friedrich Wilhelm Ludendorff didn't only have a significant share in the catastrophe of the Great War; he was also the source of the impulse behind the transplantation of bolshevism into Russia.

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