Video: Valentin Tomberg Crosses the Rubicon

Friends, your author at this website feels so S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D right now that he can scarcely comment. He is stretched, though, by a major new video we have in the works, which is by far our most ambitious YouTube episode ever.

For both my wife (who helps me with the video) and myself, it is personally so significant that we take the unprecedented step of offering a trailer for the video. Here it is.

As you can see, the coming video will feature that great Russian Catholic convert Valentin Tomberg.  It also features Rudolf Steiner, the Catholic Church and the Fate of the West . . .

And it further addresses, as the title here suggests, how Tomberg crossed the Rubicon, circa 1943, renouncing Anthroposophy and converting to Catholicism.

Only thus could he begin writing in 1944 his Catholic works, starting with The Art of the Good (reviewed here) with words which are briefly cited in the video above and could only stun the hearts of Anthroposophists:

Out of all known larger human communities, the Catholic Church is the most perfect in this respect: it never forgets the past, but works and takes care for the future, and adopts an active position towards all the events of the present day . . .

The fact of the superiority of the Catholic Church to all other human communities in this respect . . . lies in the fact that it is the Catholic Church that most corresponds to the requirements of a harmonious state of society. [Italics added]Valentin Tomberg, The Art of the Good, p 13.

Valentin Tomberg, The Art of the Good, p 13.

Update 2023:

The video—over three hours long!— has long since appeared. For anyone who might wish to skip the preview, going straight to the real thing, we offer it here:


Herewith a selection of Tomberg’s books—as well as my own books, which not only discuss Tomberg (particularly Cor Jesu Sacratissimum and The Gentle Traditionalist Returns) but are also profoundly indebted to Tomberg on every level.

Classics from Valentin Tomberg
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