New Gospels of the Second Becoming of Christ

New Gospels: Part One

In my book: “The Father at Rest – magical and mystical dark-matter physics in the Age of Technological Chaos”, I refer to various gospels of the Return of Christ in the Ethereal, or as I like to write: the Second Becoming of Christ.

From a certain point of view, Christ is currently being crucified in the ethereal, or thought word, where the religion of scientific materialism resides. These books are quite suitable for study groups that want to expand their areas of discovery.

What makes something “a” gospel in the sense I am using, is that the author has evolved their thinking in such a way that they meet Christ, as Truth, in their cognitive life. Links to places the books can be bought will be included with each commentary.

Each book’s description/commentary will also be posted to my blog, and the whole will appear here, over time:

I am going to start with Steiner’s Science of Knowing, as first presented in GA-2: “A Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe’s World Conception”.

Owen Barfield has called this book: the least read most important book, Steiner ever wrote, in answer to the question of whether there was one book of Steiner’s he read many times. My article on this is here: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/lrsew.html

Table of Contents

A. Preliminary Questions
I. The Point of Departure
II. Goethe’s Science Considered According to the Method of Schiller
III. The Function of this Branch of Science

B. Experience
IV. Definition of the Concept of Experience
V. Examination of the Content of Experience
VI. Correction of an Erroneous Conception of Experience as a Totality
VII. Reference to the Experience of the Individual Reader

C. Thought
VIII. Thinking as a Higher Experience within Experience
IX. Thought and Consciousness
X. The Inner Nature of Thought

D. Knowledge
XI. Thought and Perception
XII. Intellect and Reason
XIII. The Act of Cognition
XIV. Cognition and the Ultimate Foundation of Things

E. The Science of Nature
XV. Inorganic Nature
XVI. Organic Nature

F. The Spiritual, or Cultural, Sciences

XVII. Introduction: Spirit and Nature
XVIII. Psychological Cognition
XIX. Human Freedom
XX. Optimism and Pessimism

G. Conclusion
XXI. Scientific Knowledge and Artistic Creation

Some years ago, Jeff Falzone argued with me that the book had a fundamental defect, in the sense of what we experience if we self-observe, using this book as a map to the territory of our own inwardness.

The riddle is whether or not – to experience – the “I” is singular in nature, or “we”, that is a multiplicity. Walt Whitman puts it this way: “I am multitudes”.

The reader will have to decide this puzzle for themselves.

New Gospels: Part Two

In my book: “The Father at Rest – magical and mystical dark-matter physics in the Age of Technological Chaos”, I refer to various gospels of the Return of Christ in the Ethereal, or as I like to write: the Second Becoming of Christ.

From a certain point of view, Christ is currently being crucified in the ethereal, or thought word, where the religion of scientific materialism resides. These books are quite suitable for study groups that want to expand their areas of discovery.

What makes something “a” gospel in the sense I am using, is that the author has evolved their thinking in such a way that they meet Christ, as Truth, in their cognitive life. Links to places the books can be bought will be included with each commentary.

Each book’s description/commentary will also be posted to my blog, and the whole will appear here, over time: https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/10/13/new-gospels-of-the-second-becoming-of-christ/

In New Gospels Part One I referenced Owen Barfield. From him, a gospel of the imagination: “Poetic Diction – a study in meaning”.

For those unfamiliar with him, he was a member of the Inklings, a study group in the ‘20’s to ‘30’s in England, that included C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Inklings

Without doubt he was a premier philologist: “the branch of knowledge that deals with the structure, historical development, and relationships of a language or languages.” Google. He earned a living as a “country” solicitor, an English lawyer who never goes to court (a barrister), dealing with wills, property rights and such. “County” is his word, and distinguishes him from City lawyers.

He wrote many books, such as: “Speaker’s Meaning”; “What Coleridge Thought”; “Saving the Appearances – a study in idolatry”; and, “World’s Apart”, which T. S. Eliot described as: “An excursion into seas of thought which are very far from ordinary routes of intellectual shipping.

He was also became – apparently – an initiate, a matter he seldom mentions. A principle thread in his work involves the evolution of consciousness, as can be discovered by following that changes of the meaning of words over time (“History in English Words”).

While he clearly considered himself a student of Rudolf Steiner (“Romanticism Comes of Age“), many who study him tend to have little to do with Anthroposophy as such. https://www.owenbarfield.org/.

He lived from 1898 to 1997, essentially the whole of the 20th Century, and my view is that he was one of the greatest personalities ever inspired by Steiner.

Chapters

I Definition and Examples

II The Effects of Poetry

III Metaphor

IV Meaning and Myth

V Language and Poetry

VI The Poet

VII The Making of Meaning (I)

VIII The Making of Meaning (II)

IX Verse and Prose

X Archaism

XI Strangeness

XII Conclusion.

New Gospels: Part Three

In my book: “The Father at Rest – magical and mystical dark-matter physics in the Age of Technological Chaos”, I refer to various gospels of the Return of Christ in the Ethereal, or as I like to write: the Second Becoming of Christ.

From a certain point of view, Christ is currently being crucified in the ethereal, or thought word, where the religion of scientific materialism resides. These books are quite suitable for study groups that want to expand their areas of discovery.

What makes something “a” gospel in the sense I am using, is that the author has evolved their thinking in such a way that they meet Christ, as Truth, in their cognitive life. Links to places the books can be bought will be included with each commentary.

Each book’s description/commentary will also be posted to my blog, and the whole will appear here, over time: https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/10/13/new-gospels-of-the-second-becoming-of-christ/

In Steiner’s science of knowing, especially “A Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe’s World Conception”, we are led to the practice of phenomenology, or the study of changes over time. Barfield, who said that book was the least read most important book Steiner ever wrote, in his books frequently studied changes over time of the meaning of individual words.

This next New Gospel is a Gospel of Physics, Ernst Lehrs’ “Man or Matter”, whose subtitle is: “Introduction to a Spiritual Understanding of Nature on the Basis of Goethe’s Method of Training Observation and Thought.”

When I was first meeting actual anthroposophists, after over two years of reading Steiner, I ended up going to study groups at Herman and Mary Rubachs home in the Berkeley, California, hills. They had a large library, among which was Lehrs’ book. I borrowed it for a while, but knew that I had to get a copy of my own.

The restaurant where I was working closed its doors, and the woman who I was the living with (I had met her at the Rubachs), celebrated my birthday by giving me three twenty dollar bills, and telling me to go visit my brother in San Francisco. On my way to my brother’s, I stopped in at Field’s Bookstore, on Polk Avenue, a place filled with all manner of spiritual and occult works. There I discover two used books: Lehrs book, and the book we will examine next: “The Nature of Substance”, by Dr. Rudolf Hauschka.

In a certain sense Divine Providence was also celebrating my birthday. The contents pages of Lehrs’ book is lengthy, so I will not offer it here.

Lehrs begins by describing his early interests in science, which had been interrupted by World War I. Following that he returned to his studies, especially being interested in electrical high frequency phenomena. There was a poster advertising one of Steiner’s lectures, as well as the works of others, and Lehrs was intrigued by the title of one of them: “Overcoming Einstein’s Theory of Relativity”.

While he did not attend that lecture, he did meet Steiner personally, who asked Lehrs questions about his academic pursuits. Lehrs was surprised at how familiar Steiner was with the work Lehrs was doing. “… he (Steiner) took out of his pocket a note-book and a huge carpenter’s pencil, made a sketch and proceeded to speak of the problem as one fully conversant with it, and in such a way that he gave me the starting point for an entirely new conception of electricity.”

Myself, I have often been troubled by the lack of familiarity with Lehrs book, among anthroposophists, who love to read, and quote, Steiner’s lectures on electricity, but seem completely immune to the studies of Goethean Science.

Given the dominance of scientific materialism in our time, this book, “Man or Matter” takes us through the whole history of physics, correcting at each stage, where an error of thought or observation misled the march of science into the confusions we are immersed in today.

If the Anthroposophical Society wishes to join the world, these New Gospels need to be the starting point for all newly interested folks, given their illumination of riddles of great importance for the future.

Alas, there is no evidence that the leadership in Dornach, or elsewhere, has the least idea of the importance of Goethean Science.

New Gospels: Part Four

In my book: “The Father at Rest – magical and mystical dark-matter physics in the Age of Technological Chaos”, I refer to various gospels of the Return of Christ in the Ethereal, or as I like to write: the Second Becoming of Christ.

From a certain point of view, Christ is currently being crucified in the ethereal, or thought word, where the religion of scientific materialism resides. These books are quite suitable for study groups that want to expand their areas of discovery.

What makes something “a” gospel in the sense I am using, is that the author has evolved their thinking in such a way that they meet Christ, as Truth, in their cognitive life. Links to places the books can be bought will be included with each commentary.

Each book’s description/commentary will also be posted to my blog, and the whole will appear here, over time: https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/10/13/new-gospels-of-the-second-becoming-of-christ/

As I mentioned in the article on New Gospels: Part Three, we next take up Dr. Rudolf Hauschka’s (hereinafter DRH) book: The Nature of Substance, which can be called: a gospel of organic chemistry.

We started with the study of Steiner’s book on Goethe’s Way of Thinking (something Goethe never wrote for himself), which points the way to using the picture thinking (imagination) of mind as a means of knowledge. We then went to Barfield’s Poetic Diction, a gospel of the imagination. That was following by a gospel of physics, and now we have a gospel of organic chemistry.

This order of study is done with a purpose of building up in the mind of the reader of these New Gospels a somewhat logical path. The next New Gospel will be a gospel of the Green World, the two volume “The Plant”, by Gerpert Grohmann.

DRH did a number of experiments, a few of which later could not be replicated. In the early years of the Steiner Internet (many groups of different purposes, some open to flame wars, and other Internet troll opportunists), this replication problem was discussed, and for me at least, the most cogent observation was that the world of matter had itself continued to become more and more dense, so that it was substance itself that altered, between the time of the original experiments, and the later attempts to repeat them.

One of DRH’s ideas that led me to further implications, was the when we attack water, via harsh chemicals or electricity, thus separating hydrogen from oxygen, what we had done was kill something living, and the single molecules needed to be seen as a kind of corpse of the living gift of the Creation.

Rudolf Steiner had warned that the idea of the Atom was evil … the “Idea”.

Most of the substances of Nature are already complex molecules, such as the carbohydrates. When we take them apart, we leave the land of Life, and enter the realm of Death. Steiner had characterized modern science as a science of death forces.

If we follow the implications of this observation, the deconstruction of complex matter into the individual molecules is then followed by the taking apart of the molecule into protons and neutrons and so forth. In effect, what is in play with Cern’s Hadron Super Collider is a process of taking corpse material to produce ever more fine corpse material. The ultimate illusion is to imagine that the tiny particles made by the use of huge magnetic and electrical “beams of light”, which produces motes of stuff with an almost infinitesimal half-life, is what the Universe is Made Of.

Using pure number relations, this fascination with the non-living aspects of the Creation is run backwards, and then we get the Big Bang, which generation/makes appear all the tiny bits we believe in, thus justifying a completely mechanical idea of the Creation, created out of corpse materials.

For a wonderful examination of the Periodic Table of Elements, get (if you can) George Blattmann’s: “Radiant Matter: Decay and Consecration”. Next is the lengthy contents page of Hauschka’s book:

I Theories of the Natural Scientific Ages on the Primality of Matter. II Ancient Ideas about the Nature of Substance. III New Ideas about the Primality of Spirit. IV The Plants. V The Carbohydrates. VI Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen. VII Scents (Etheric Oils) and Resins. VIII The Fatty Oils. IX Protein. X Nitrogen. XI The Cosmic Nature of Earth’s Substance. XII Star Patterns and Earthly Substance. XIII The Animals. XIV Plant Poisons (Alkaloids). XV Vitamins. XVI Coal Tar Chemistry – a Realm of Mirror Images. XVII High Dilutions and their Effectiveness. XVIII Minerals. XIX Limestone and Silica. XX Aluminium and Phosphorus. XXI The Mineral Cross. XXII Alkalis and Halogens. XXIII Magnesia and Sulfur. XXIV The Oceanic Cross. XXV The Metals. XXVI Copper. XXVII Tin. XXVIII Lead. XXIX Iron. XXX Quicksilver. XXXI Silver. XXXII Gold. XXXIII The Brothers of Iron. XXXIV The Childhood of Metals. XXXV The Spiral of Creation. XXXVI Conclusion.

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