Welcome to the new Steiner Online Library!
As we add new content here, you will find the largest online collection of the digital works of Dr. Rudolf Steiner in English in the world. We aim to bring this material to a new generation of spiritual researchers through the use of web technologies geared towards tablets and mobile devices. Dr. Steiner’s work will remain available at Rudolf Steiner Archive with the website's creator, the Emeritus e.Librarian: James D. Stewart. If you can’t find what you are looking for here at this time, please look for it on the archive. That material soon will be posted here as well!
As background, in early 2021 the e.Lib, Inc. transferred its assets relating to the Rudolf Steiner Archive, its technology and materials to SOL to ensure they continue to be made available to people around the world. Since then, the SOL team of Dr. Christopher Wietrzykowski, Executive director, and Karin Wietrzykowski, Esq., Director of Operations, have developed this new streamlined, modernized SOL website. By updating the site to suit all devices and types of users, we will reach a broader audience around the world and grow Anthroposophy worldwide.
The problem we aim to solve
The advent of the technological revolution has caused mankind to fall into a deep materialism. Much of our former cultural life has been stripped away and is now supplied for us through television and computerized devices. We no longer ask ourselves important life questions but instead seek authoritative answers from political leaders and scientific “experts”. The cost we pay is a loss of our spiritual freedom. Instead of following our own unique path we are coerced to follow one that has been set for us.
Rudolf Steiner foresaw all these things in the early 20th century. His philosophy, Anthroposophy, provides a pathway back to a world that includes spirit. It explains how our material world is interwoven with an objectively real spiritual world that we can come to know through study and meditation. It explains the inner workings of reincarnation and karma. In whole, it provides a way for people to come to an understanding of their true place in relation to the world.
The Solution: "Man, know thyself!"
Steiner Online Library aims to preserve the vast wealth of information contained in the books, articles and transcribed lectures given to the world through the personality of Rudolf Steiner.
A distinct summary of Steiner's message could be summed up by the Ancient Greek aphorism "Man, know thyself!" By studying his teachings we begin to truly understand our whole being and its purpose in the world. Steiner Online Library presents this information in a free and easily searchable format to English speakers throughout the world to enable them to carry out this task of self-knowledge.
Thus, through this endeavor to know ourselves we come to better understand the world around us and our unique place in it. We become no longer merely cogs in a wheel but rather a wonderful synergy of individual, free beings working together as a unity.
Meet Our Team
Dr. Christopher Wietrzykowski
Co-Founder, Executive Director and President
Dr. Christopher Wietrzykowski has had an intense interest in Rudolf Steiner since reading How to Know Higher Worlds in 2003. He soon became a vital contributor to the Rudolf Steiner Archive, personally digitizing and editing approximately one third of the materials on Rudolf Steiner Archive. In 2012, James D. Stewart, the then "e-Librarian" and webmaster of the Rudolf Steiner Archive, asked Chris to take over the site in the future and announced the arrangement to the Anthroposophical community. Now, the future is here. Dr. Wietrzykowski, a dentist by trade, set aside his dentistry career in 2020 and took a deep dive into computer programming. Building upon his prior knowledge of computing, he taught himself several programming languages, website design, and system administration. Chris' background in Anthroposophy and computers and his wife Karin's career as a technology and corporate attorney make them well suited to take on the mission of the Steiner Online Library. A few of Chris' other interests include economics, history, philosophy, and yoga. Chris and Karin live in Northern Michigan.
Karin Wietrzykowski, Esq.
Co-Founder, Director of Operations, Secretary and Treasurer
Karin Wietrzykowski is an attorney by trade, focusing on technology innovation. Having served as General Counsel to a technology consortium of digital content producers, technology companies and digital media retailers, she is well versed in corporate law, IP protection, privacy, and other legal issues pertaining to digital media. Her experience in and knowledge of copyright, nonprofit law, and fundraising prepared her well for the launch of the Steiner Online Library. Karin is a long-time student of metaphysics and first encountered the works of Rudolf Steiner in the early 2000's. Her interest in Spiritual Science has grown exponentially since then and she now has dedicated her career to spreading Anthroposophy worldwide. Karin is also the published author of Global Values: A New Paradigm for a New World, a work that reflects many of the ethical principles outlined by Steiner. In addition to spiritual study and practice, Karin enjoys vegan, gluten-free cooking, nature, biking, running, gardening and exploring health and wellness modalities.
Please support this important work
Steiner Online Library, a Michigan not-for-profit corporation, is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, EIN 85-2621701. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.