I wasn’t going to post this here because it’s so silly. But then I thought — having laughed at this for days now — that perhaps silly is just what we need. P Drewett, in Devon, writes:
The one thing that Steiner education will never help to produce in anyone is a saving faith in the Lord Jesus, because nearly everything that Steiner wrote about Jesus is completely heretical, as is well documented.
And, on second thought, it’s not only silly to bring this up. As Diana has been pointing out on critics, a secular society actually protects anthroposophists (as well as those atheists, so maligned, like secularism, by many anthroposophists) against the thugs of (more or less) mainstream christianity. (Or any other ‘majority’ faith.) In a religious society, ruled by minds like Drewett’s, there’s little mental space for new spiritualities (or for abstaining from religion altogether) and certainly no space for public financing of anthroposophical activities. Honestly, the Drewetts of the world are probably less likely to help fund anthroposophical projects than is secular society. If they would even allow it to exist, were they not more or less forced to (their mentality has, so to speak, been superceded by new ideas and by freedom long ago, for which we ought to be grateful).
Personally, I have much difficulty taking Drewett seriously at all. I think the quoted argument is simply bonkers and I take the gnomes any day over that kind of nonsense. But, of course, I don’t mind the heretical. (Oh Dog — does he not make anthroposophy sound so interesting, so attractive, so exciting? So seductively illicit?)