From Anthroposophy

The year 869 is an important milestone for the contemporary worldview, because it made official by decree the abolition of the spirit on earth by the fourth council of the Catholic Church, held in Constantinople.

Historical context:

  • the college for destruction of initiation, gnosis, spirit' (see quote 1922-07-23-GA214 on Christ Impulse - meeting of two streams)
  • Christian teaching conflicted with the fundamental principles of the Roman empire (see 1917-04-17-GA175 below)


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Wikipedia states:

Tthe fourth council of Constantinople or the eighth ecumenical council of the Catholic Church, was held in Constantinople from October 5, 869, to February 28, 870. It was poorly attended, the first session by only 12 bishops and even the final one by only 103. In contrast the pro-Photian council of 879-80 was attended by 383 bishops. The Council met in ten sessions from October 869 to February 870 and issued 27 canons. The council was called by Emperor Basil I the Macedonian, with the support of Pope Hadrian II.

1917-04-17-GA175 provides background positioning, the synopsis reads:

Events of today a continuation of events in the early years of Christianity. The Roman emperors, initiated by Imperial decree, gained limited knowledge of cosmic events. They had a presentiment that the advent of Christ was a turning-point in human evolution. The policy of Tiberius to merge pagan Mystery teachings with the Mystery cult of the Roman Empire, failed; also the policy of Hadrian.

Quotation from Philo - the need “to give heed to the ancestry of the soul and to ignore temporal things”. Barrès quoted again.

Christian teaching conflicted with the fundamental principles of the Roman empire. Licinius’ decision to challenge Christianity. Organized a public festival at Heliopolis to ridicule baptism. Result - the actor, Gelasinus, becomes a convinced Christian.

The Sibylline Oracles predict the downfall of Rome. Nero sets fire to Rome. Constantine the Great, aware of the prophecy of the Sibylline Oracle, wished to combine his brand of Christianity with the ancient Mysteries and thus deny Christianity to the public. The mission of Christianity was to unveil the Mysteries. Survival of the spirit of Rome in jurisprudence, etc; Constantine knew of the existence of a primordial wisdom which had been preserved in Troy by initiate-priests. His decision to transfer the capital to Byzantium. Constantinople founded A.D. 326. Pallas Athene as the symbol of ancient wisdom. The legend of the Palladium. The spiritual impulses in Constantine and early Christianity have influenced the cultural development of the West.


To be added: link with chaos in angelic connection in 1924-08-08, 869+747

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