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Sun at Midnight: The Rudolf Steiner Movement and Gnosis in the West Paperback – December 31, 2009
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I was left wondering just who the book is aimed at? It seems to be written for academics - fine . . . but if a wider audience is to be reached it would need to be much less heavy. I worry that a book holding so much keenly needed information may not elicit enough response from potential Waldorf (Steiner School) parents to help them and their children avoid the confusion and disappointment that many families experience in these schools.
That said, Ahern's book is useful and worth reading, especially as very few such books are published outside the cult of Rudolf Steiner. The Sun at Midnight is not an easy read but well worth the effort.
Geoffrey Ahern has helped fill the void with his book SUN AT MIDNIGHT (James Clark & Co., 2009). Ahern, a Fellow of the Center for Leadership Studies, Exeter University (in the U.K.), has carefully researched the Steiner movement, which centers on Anthroposophy -- the cult-like religion Steiner created -- and Waldorf schools, educational institutions that have proliferated around the world, working subtly to spread the Anthroposophical faith.
SUN AT MIDNIGHT is too short. At 279 pages, it cannot fully explore the work of a man who published many books and delivered thousands upon thousands of lectures on a stunningly wide array of subjects. Nonetheless, Ahern's book is extremely informative -- indeed, it is fascinating. Anyone who is attracted to Anthroposophy, Waldorf schools (also called Steiner schools), biodynamic agriculture, Anthroposophical medicine, or any of the other offshoots of Steiner's thinking, should read it.
The brevity of the book has one great advantage: SUN AT MIDNIGHT is inviting and accessible in ways that a massive tome would not be. The writing is clear and concise, if somewhat dry. Most readers may find that they need to pause often, struggling with the strange concepts in and around Steiner's occult belief system. But because the book is short, it is unintimidating.
Ahern makes a few minor errors, as virtually anyone will who attempts to summarize Steiner's vast, occult, murky, and sometimes self-contradictory canon.Read more ›
Racism, Lucifer, Ahriman? It's all explained and indexed for easy reference. About time. Bravo!
If you want something a little easier and more fun, try Anthony P. Norse's recent thriller "Souls of Terror." Also chock full of anthroposophical lore and intrigue, and a painless way to learn.
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"Sun at Midnight" is a book by Geoffrey Ahern, a scholar of comparative religion who spent most of his career studying the Anthroposophists, arguably the strangest religion ever... Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by Ashtar Command
Geoffrey Ahern's "Sun at Midnight," is a balanced and professional look at Rudolf Steiner and his cult "Anthroposophy. Read morePublished on September 25, 2011 by Dan Dugan