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Earth-Friendly: Re-Visioning Science and Spirituality through Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and Rudolf Steiner

Earth-Friendly collects the fruits of a lifetime of study and teaching in search of a holistic, organismic, living science, respectful of the sacredness of nature and the ubiquity of the spirit. As a biology philosopher, Sister Adrian’s first teachers were Aquinas and Aristotle; later she came to know the work of Goethe and Rudolf Steiner.

Earth-Friendly traces the development of Sister Adrian’s conviction that “the spiritual science flowing from the thought of St. Albert and St. Thomas, as developed seven hundred years later by Rudolf Steiner, could recapture the true greatness of the West as it reaches out to the East to create an ‘earth-friendly re-visioning of science and spirituality.’”

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Christopher Bamford

1. Food: A Lost Mystery of Creation
2. Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science
3. Liberal Education: A Dominican Challenge
4. Science, Education, and the Christian Person
5. New or Traditional Earth Spirituality?
6. Thomas Aquinas and the New Cosmology
7. Viruses: Are They Alive?
8. Nature’s Law: Competition or Cooperation?
9. The Cell and the Organism: A Reexamination
10. The New Biology: Barbara McClintock and an Emerging Holistic Science
11. Universe Coding, not Genetic Coding
12. A Rudolf Steiner Sustainable Community
13. Is This the Time?
14. Women Scientists, Ancient Wisdom, and Modern Science
15. A Call to Dominican Religious Women


About the Author

Sr. Adrian Marie (Mary Harriet) Hofstetter (1919–2020) was a Dominican nun, science teacher, and civil rights activist. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Math from Siena College in Memphis, Tennesee. She earned her Master of Science and Ph.D. in Biology/Zoology from Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, and her Doctor of Ministry from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. Sr. Adrian Marie began her ministry as a teacher, serving in Indiana and Tennessee. She worked briefly as a social worker at Holy Name Parish in Memphis before becoming a Professor of Biology at LeMoyne Owen College in Memphis, during which time she worked for racial equality in that southern city. Sr. Adrian Marie served her community as the Director of Ecumenism and Religion at St. Catharine, then added duties as a visiting professor at Savannah State College. She served as a visiting professor at Knoxville College, as University Chaplain and Religious Education Coordinator at Creighton University, and Director of Ecumenism and Reconciliation at the Resurrection Convent in Brooklyn, before moving to Boughton Place in Highland, New York, to serve in a variety of positions including CCR Chair, Coordinator of Home Sharing, and Director of the Center for Ecumenism. Sr. Adrian Marie returned to St. Catharine in 2006, where she began a ministry of prayer and study. She began her final ministry of prayer and service at the Sansbury Care Center in 2011.

Christopher Bamford is Editor in Chief, Emeritus, for SteinerBooks and its imprints. A Fellow of the Lindisfarne Association, he has lectured, taught, and written widely on Western spiritual and esoteric traditions. He is the author of The Voice of the Eagle: The Heart of Celtic Christianity (1990) and An Endless Trace: The Passionate Pursuit of Wisdom in the West(2003). He has also translated and edited numerous books, including Celtic Christianity: Ecology and Holiness (1982);Homage to Pythagoras: Rediscovering Sacred Science; and The Noble Traveller: The Life and Writings of O. V. de L. Milosz.

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Christopher Bamford






October 2004






Lindisfarne Books


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