The four classical elements of earth, water, air and fire are present in Genesis and the New Testament. But while traditional Christianity moved away from seeing the spiritual in nature, other streams of Christian thought — such as Celtic Christianity, the School of Chartres, medieval mystics like Hildegard von Bingen and the alchemical search for the philosopher’s stone — continued to emphasize the importance of the elements. In his new book, Lord of the Elements, Bastiaan Baan, an experienced spiritual thinker, brings these elements together with ideas from Anthroposophy. He considers in particular how elemental beings relate to the four elements, and explores the role of elemental beings in our world. This is a fascinating and original work on the connections between Christianity and the natural world.
Rev. Bastiaan Baan worked as a teacher in the Netherlands before being ordained in 1981 as a priest in The Christian Community. He is currently Director of the North American Seminary in Spring Valley, NY. He lectures widely and has written many books. Lord of the Elements is his first book published in English.