Re: Augustinus chapter
In addition to Dr Starman's descriptions of the differences between exoteric Christianity and Spiritual Science, we have be given by Augustine (with the help of Greek thinkers) this view of the "world beyond" a "second" world beside ours where God is placed. This in contrast to Steiner's monism. A view from which even larger parts of the anthroposophical scene suffers.
"Augustine was a personality in whom deep spiritual needs developed out of a passionate nature. He passed through pagan and half-Christian ideas. He suffered deeply from the most dreadful doubts which can attack a man who has felt the impotence of many varieties of thought in the face of spiritual problems, and who has tasted the depressing effect of the question, Can man know anything at all?"
"He arrives at the idea, "Who could be so blind as to say that the Church of the Apostles deserves to have no faith placed in it, when it is so loyal and is supported by the conformity of so many brethren; when these have handed down their writings to posterity so conscientiously, and when the Church has so strictly maintained the succession of teachers down to our present bishops?"
Comment: Augustine chooses to connect to the present authority. A similar act to that of the individual who chosed to connect to the former present authorities, when suffering from the most dreadful doubts - by handing over Jesus?