Anthroposophy is said to embrace Christianity while advancing the very non-Christian idea of reincarnation. Reincarnation is a belief that most Christians do not accept. Elements are also borrowed from several other mystical traditions that most Christians would reject, including the occult, astral travel and Gnosticism.
Steiner, himself, wanted “anthroposophy to be independent of any particular religion or religious denomination.”¹
As the name suggests, Anthroposophy centers on mankind’s development toward becoming Divine. It does not place the Divine as a separate, forever greater being than mankind [see comments, especially 4].
Steiner’s unique schools are, for the most part, respected throughout the globe, particularly in Germany, North America and the UK. The Steiner schools have developed a therapeutic dance called Eurythmy, modifying the Taoist Tai Chi and, to some extent, Hindu yogic idea that bodily movement and spirituality may be linked.
Despite its worldwide success, the movement has been criticized for being too “artsy”, “elitist” and “trendy.” Even some insiders tell jokes to this effect.
More images related to anthroposophy can be found here:
- Steiner Doublespeak (stopsteinerinstroud.com)
- Hang a sign on the door… (stopsteinerinstroud.com)
- Ditch the anthroposophy (stopsteinerinstroud.com)
- Ahriman (earthpages.wordpress.com)
- Akashic Records (earthpages.wordpress.com)
- Nature Spirits and angels (cosmicwoodscenter.com)
- Tilda Swinton supportive of private Steiner schools (scotsman.com)
- In which C S Lewis meets the “bookish people” of the Middle Ages and shares their love of old books with new readers (gratefultothedead.wordpress.com)