Anthroposophy, Steiner’s Occultist Sect

Current on the webRudolf Steiner (1861-1925)
December 13, 2012All Hell Breaks Loose in Dornach! or: the Judith von Halle Phenomenon Defiantly, with its massive concrete façade, the Goetheanum looms over Dornach and Arlesheim. At the foot of the hill, just half a kilometer down from the very center of anthroposophy, she has pitched her tent in a one-time carpenter’s workshop: Judith von Halle, by far the most controversial figure in the movement founded by Rudolf Steiner. Since Holy Week 2004, the 40 year old architect, originally from Berlin, claims to bear the wounds of Christ, the so-called stigmata, and not to have eaten a morsel of food. Even water she consumes in limited quantities. And all this without any significant weight loss or physical health problems.
September 22, 2012French Anthroposophists Practicing the (Perhaps Not So) Michaelic Art of Slaying Dissenters “The anthroposophical movement has come up with the idea that in order to protect themselves from the unfortunate reputation of being a cult, they would happily (and in a magnificently paradoxical way) behave as a cult would behave.”
July 14, 20088-minute trailer (in German) for 2-hour film “Adventure in Anthroposophy” by Rüdiger SünnerMany people know about “Waldorf schools,” but very few know anything about the life and work of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) who founded them in 1919. What was the thinking of this man who in the last hundred years has given such a decisive boost to education, agriculture, medicine, business, science, architecture and art? What is anthroposophy and how does it manifest in the world today? The film visits the important milestones in Steiner’s biography (Lower Austria, Vienna, Weimar and the Goetheanum in Dornach), Waldorf schools in Germany and Africa and the anthroposophical [biodynamic] Sekem Farm in Egypt. Supporters and critics alike speak about Rudolf Steiner. A detailed portrait of the most versatile and perhaps most controversial spiritual thinker of the 20th Century.
April 25, 2008Steiner and the Warlord by former Waldorf student Roger Rawlings. “As an amazingly gifted clairvoyant, Rudolf Steiner should have foreseen—before the first German boot trod upon Belgian soil in 1914—the dreadful carnage to come as well as its horrific results. Yet he associated himself with the leader of Germany’s military, a man who might fairly be described as a war criminal.” (external link)
2007Anthroposophy, by Dan Dugan. An article in The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief from Prometheus Press.
September 3, 2006Anthroposophy 101 by Ronald Koetzsch, posted to the waldorf-critics list 9/3/06, as published in Renewal, Spring/Summer 2006
July, 2006Bibliography on the Applicability of “Occultism” As a Description of Anthroposophy, by Peter Staudenmaier on the waldorf-critics list, July 20, 2006 “Re: the meaning of occultism.”
May, 2004Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf/Steiner Schools: Collected references from the National Library of Australia. An annotated bibliography. (79 KB .pdf)
February 9, 1999Why Anthroposophy Is Cult-Like by Dan Dugan.
April 1996Anthroposophy: Rudolf Steiner’s ‘Spiritual Science’: by Rob Boston, Church and State, April 1996.
1994RUDOLF STEINER (1861-1925) by Heiner Ullrich. An early essay about Steiner’s life and work that later (2007) grew into one of the best biographies of Steiner to come from a scholar outside the cult. UNESCO publication.
1991Is Anthroposophy Science? by Sven Ove Hansson, Conceptus: zeitschrift für philosophie, XXV (1991), No. 64, p. 37.