December 1998; 192pp; 21.5 x 13.5 cm; paperback
Taking a radical departure from the usual comparative study of religion, Pietro Archiati shows that the various religions represent stages in each individual's path of development. In this sense the Great Religions create an absolute unity - not in what they say or teach, but in their contribution to each of us becoming ever more human. As Archiati says: 'The essence of a religion is in what it makes of a human being. And the actual unity of all religions is the creative product they have combined to make, namely the human being himself as the synthesis of all the religious paths which he has trodden in the course of his long evolution.'
Beginning with the Flood of Atlantis, Archiati places the religions in the context of human evolution, taking us through the development of Buddhism, Zarathustrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and onwards to the future of religion based on spiritual knowledge. This is not a theoretical study, however, but one based on spiritual reality. For example, Archiati considers how the founders of the various religions are working today. Are the Buddha, Krishna, Moses and Zarathustra doing and telling us the same things now as they were in the past, even though humanity has undergone considerable changes since?
PIETRO ARCHIATI was born in 1944 in Brescia, Italy. He studied philosophy and theology, and worked for many years as a Catholic priest. In 1977 he had a decisive encounter with the work of Rudolf Steiner. He later worked as a teacher in a seminary in South Africa. Since 1987 he has been working independently as a freelance lecturer and author for a regeneration of humanity through a modern scientific awareness of spiritual beings and realities.
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