Translated by D S Osmond Originally published in German under the title Meine Lebensbegegnungen mit Rudolf Steiner by Verlag Urachhaus in 1928. First published in English 1929
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), the son of a humble Austrian station-master, is world-famous as the father of Anthroposophy and as a pioneer of genius in a variety of fields.
Education, architecture, medicine, agriculture, science, art, philosophy and religion have profited from his discoveries; and as time goes on his reputation continues to grow. Who was this extraordinary spiritual virtuoso? Was he a freak, or was he so advanced, and his progress so rapid and unusual, that during his lifetime few of his contemporaries could follow him? An answer to these questions may be found in the pages of this book.
The author, Dr Friedrich Rittelmeyer, tells us of his personal experience of Rudolf Steiner, speaking of his ten years of apprehension, critical investigation and cautious scrutiny of the new body of thought, and his final conviction of the unparalleled greatness of Steiner's spirit.
Dr Rittelmeyer was exceptionally well fitted to investigate and prove the value of Steiner's work. He was a highly qualified theologian who at the time occupied one of the most influential pulpits in Germany. His meeting with Rudolf Steiner led to the most crucial experience of his life, and ultimately he became the first leader of the movement for religious renewal called The Christian Community, which was founded in 1922.
Written shortly after Steiner's death, this book continues to convince men all over the world that Steiner was truly a servant of Christ.
(Friedrich Rittelmeyer was born 5. October, 1872 in Dillingen an der Donau and died 23. March, 1938 in Hamburg. He was the founder and first leader of the Christian Community.)