Element Inc./Books, USA, GB, Australia, 1992
Cover design: Barbara McGavin
Text design: Roger Lightfoot
Typeset: BP Integraphics
Printed in the U.S.A.: Edwards Bros
This work draws on both Chinese spirituality and the work of Teilhard de Chardin as the basis for a new worldview, which integrates science, world religions and interdisciplinary views of reality. Already a bestselling book in Europe, it offers a vision of a new and harmonious relationship with nature, and is a new and valuable guide for the ecology movement. Stikker bridges the gap between religion, philosophy and science. He relates this new synthesis to the latest trends in Western thinking and translates this into practical conclusions and actions for today’s world. This book leads us to new understandings of human values and morality and their possible application to science, engineering, politics, economics, art and architecture.
It may be useful for the reader of this book to know how I came to write on this subject and what I expect to achieve with it.
I grew up in a family with wise, hard working and pragmatic parents. We had no formal connection with any religious institution and, although I lived in a society where Christianity was the cultural history, I never received any instruction in Christian belief.
My formal education began with secondary school at the Barlaeus Gymnasium in Amsterdam, during World War II. After the war, I studied chemical engineering at The Delft Institute of Technology in Holland. I chose this training because I was interested in industrial activity. During my secondary education I also had become fascinated with chemistry and with the discovery that matter could be transformed from one type, shape and color into another type, shape and color, just by mixing in the right proportions at the right temperature and pressure and with the right catalyst. It aroused in me the awareness that there was a fundamental dynamic aspect in our physical surroundings.
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