A History of the School of Spiritual Science

The First Class

By Johannes Kiersch

Format: Hardback

The School of Spiritual Science, founded by Rudolf Steiner, was to have three classes, but only the First Class was instituted before Steiner's death in 1925. This book provides an overview of the First Class' development, from it roots in the early esotericism, while Steiner was still in the Theosophical Society, to the period following the WWII.

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Temple Lodge Publishing

Temple Lodge Publishing is an independent publishing company and registered charity. Their editorial brief is to publish books that further spiritual science, or anthroposophy, as founded by the Austrian thinker Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Some of their books are for general readers while others are more specialist, building on core concepts of anthroposophy.

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The School of Spiritual Science, together with its individual sections, was founded by Rudolf Steiner at the Christmas Conference of 1923-24 with the intention, in his own words, of presenting 'the esoteric aspect'. It was intended to have three classes, but only the First Class was instituted before Rudolf Steiner's death in 1925. In recent years, the written records, on which the teaching of the First Class is based, have been published in German and in English translation. In view of this, and the many questions arising from it, the Council of the Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum, Dornach, commissioned Johannes Kiersch to write a history of the institution. The result is an objective overview of the development of the First Class, from it roots in the early esotericism developed by Rudolf Steiner while he was still in the Theosophical Society, to the period following the Second World War. Kiersch gives an individual commentary on the first 'mediators' of the school - individuals like Lili Kolisko, Harry Collison and Count Polzer-Hoditz - and presents some 37 original documents in an extensive Appendix that features personal notes, letters and speeches.

This book presents a balanced history of the birth and development of the First Class and its existence during the tragic splits and conflicts following Rudolf Steiner's death. As Kiersch comments: 'The aim has been above all to come as close as possible to the sources and offer historical material for individuals to form their own opinion.'

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Format Hardback
Imprint Temple Lodge Publishing
Publication Date 17 Jul 2006
ISBN 9781902636801
Number of Pages 288

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