Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Regarding Sergei Prokofieff's appalling war on Judith von Halle

“History has shown that the most terrible crimes against love have been committed in the name of fanatically defended doctrines.” ― Paul Tillich

"If anyone upholds something which contradicts the belief of those who, in their arrogance, suppose they have reached the summit of earthly wisdom, he is looked on as a visionary, a dreamer, if nothing worse. That is the contemporary form of inquisition in our part of the world."  — Rudolf Steiner

For many years ― until his death  Prokofieff was the Anthroposophical Society's Grand Inquisitor. How shameful that this was ever allowed!

The  attacks on Judith von Halle stem from Prokofieff's psychological problems.

Most Highly Recommended (and now available online):

Irina Gordienko
Sergei O. Prokofieff: Myth and Reality

This is a new publication in English of a critical examination of the work of S. O. Prokofieff, translated from the German, originally from the Russian. The author is a scientist and mathematician in her own right, with scientific publications to her credit. Taking Prokofieff to task for the gap between his interpretation of the body of Steiner's work and what Steiner himself has stated so clearly about the supersensible world, Gordienko outlines for the reader in a close step by step evaluation of Prokofieff's writings, his shortcomings, and the way in which his analysis draws a flawed picture of Anthroposophy. She makes clear the obvious discrepancies between his picture and Steiner's vision of the spiritual world and its beings, the fundamental concept of evolution and even of the Christology. The Christology is presented in an entirely new light by Prokofieff. Emphasis is placed more on a return to a group spirituality, to a morality dictated from above, rather than an autonomous thinking based on the central importance of "I" development which Rudolf Steiner again and again made fundamental to his whole teaching and which he referred to frequently as the "Christ Impulse". This is a hard-hitting, closely reasoned, and razor-sharp reading of Prokofieff's thinking -- perhaps, not a book for the faint-hearted. Yet, its powerful logic is necessary study material, especially for Anthroposophists, because it has important implications for the direction of the Anthroposophical Society as a whole now that Sergei Prokofieff has been welcomed into its leadership as a member of the executive council.

Open Letter to Sergei O. Prokofieff

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