A Christianized version of Theosophy, this doctrine declares that humans have a faculty of spiritual cognition, or pure thought, which functions independently of the senses. Anthroposophy strives for the most effective development of this faculty.
"Anthroposophical ideas are vessels fashioned by love, and man's being is spiritually summoned by the spiritual world to partake of their content. Anthroposophy must bring the light of true humanness to shine out in thoughts that bear love's imprint; knowledge is only the form in which man reflects the possibility of receiving in his heart the light of the world spirit that has come to dwell there and from that heart illumine human thought. Since anthroposophy cannot really be grasped except by the power of love, it is love-engendering when human beings take it in a way true to its own nature. That is why a place where love reigned could be built in Dornach in the very midst of raging hatreds. Words expressing anthroposophical truths are not like words spoken elsewhere today; rightly conceived, they are all really reverential pleas that the spirit make itself known to men." — from Awakening to Community, Lecture I, Stuttgart, January 23, 1923.
Steiner founded the Anthroposophical Society in 1912, and today it has branches throughout the world, being specially popular in Great Britain.
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