Born in what is now Yugoslavia, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was a mystic philosopher who believed he experienced the essence of Christ and the mystery of Golgotha. However, his approach to religion remained non-denominational and unconventional.
Perhaps Steiner’s most enduring influence is seen in his Waldorf or, as adherents call them, “Steiner schools.” Some 400 of these schools populate the globe today, with a diverse curriculum geared toward developing individual potential.
Critics say the Steiner schools encourage “paganism, even Satanism,” and are out of touch with the realities of contemporary life.¹ And Steiner’s apparently scientific approach to spirituality has been critiqued as an instance of scientism. Still, he remains inspirational to many.