A Road to Sacred Creation: Rudolf Steiner’s Perspectives
on Technology, Vol. 1
Edited, annotated, & introduced by Gary Lamb
Release Date: Early August 2021
Format: 6×9 Format perfect bound
Illustrations: M. Howard
About the Editor
Gary Lamb is a director of the Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Research and its Ethical Technology Initiative. His technical background includes a degree in civil technology and mathematics, and employment in the fields of building construction, medical technology, and manufacturing. He is the author and editor of several books on Waldorf education, associative economics, and social threefolding.
This book is a call to examine the very nature of technology and to develop practices for meeting its many challenges.
Illuminating, compelling, challenging, at times staggering in its breadth, A Road to Sacred Creation is above all the definitive text for gaining a hold on Rudolf Steiner’s nuanced perspectives on technology. Charting both an inner and outer course—part pilgrimage toward greater perception and knowledge, part dramatic, unfolding plot line of the future of humans and machines, the metaphoric “road” of the title is exactly where humanity finds itself today, though the exact route and destination are still to be determined. The map is not yet drawn, but here is a beginning.
Taken together, the relevant concepts, ideas, and insights of Rudolf Steiner, deftly brought into sequence and dialogue as Gary Lamb has done in this book, reveal how the work to arrive at a more spiritually imbued technological future not only involves all domains and fields of spiritual science and anthroposophical work, but has its origins in the very core of our being, fundamentally entwined with our moral progress toward freedom and selfless love.
A monumental research project that gathers what Rudolf Steiner had to say about technology.
John Bloom, General Secretary, Anthroposophical Society in America
Illuminating, compelling, challenging, and at times staggering in its breadth.
Virginia Hermann, Performing artist and teacher, Eurythmy Spring Valley
This work is an excellent reference and a must-read especially for teachers, researchers, and social scientists.
Gopi Krishna Vijaya, PhD, Physics
Lamb shows us that the development of ethical technology calls for a concurrent reformation of education within a new social organization.
Ronald Milito, D.Ed. Biophysics; human anatomist and former university and Waldorf school educator
Through Gary Lamb’s clear and concise introductions to the chapters one can follow the thread of a train of thought that Steiner wove throughout his works.
Sherry Wildfeuer, Editor, Stella Natura Biodynamic Planting Calendar
This is a deeply important volume to take in and ponder.
Rachel Schneider, Co-Founder, Institute for Mindful Agriculture
A solid reference for all who want to create a better future in the turbulent decades of the 21st century.
Nicanor Perlas, author, Humanity’s Last Stand. The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence. A Spiritual Scientific Response
Table of Contents
Preface: How I Came to Edit this Compendium
Editor’s Note: Intention
1: The Evolution of Science: From Natural Science to Spiritual Science by Way of Goethe
2: Atoms and Atomic Theories
3: Electricity and the Challenge of Evil
4: Early Twentieth-Century Technology
5: Keely, Strader, and the Development of Etheric Technology
6: Transcending Private Capitalism and Socialism: The Necessity for a Threefold Social Organism
7: Child Development: Waldorf Education and Cultural Freedom in Relation to Technology
8: Ahriman’s Pervasive Influence in the Age of Modern Technology: How to Meet Its Challenge
9: Thinking as a Spiritual Activity
Appendix A: Earth Evolution Illustrations
Appendix B: Publishers Referenced in this Volume