The Creation

The Creation

An Appeal to Save Life on Earth

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
" Like Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, this is a book about the fate of the earth and the survival of our planet. Wilson attempts to bridge the seemingly irreconcilable worlds of fundamentalism and science. Passionately concerned about the state of the world, he draws on his own personal experiences and expertise as an entomologist, and prophesies that half the species of plants and animals on Earth could either have gone or at least are fated for early extinction by the end of our present century. This is not a bitter, predictable rant against fundamentalist Christians or deniers of Darwin; rather, Wilson, a leading "secular humanist," draws upon his own rich background as a boy in Alabama who "took the waters," and seeks not to condemn this new generation of Christians but to address them on their own terms.--From publisher description.The author promotes a new alliance between science and religion to defend nature--the Creation--by joining forces to preserve Earth's threatened biodiversity.

Norton Pub
In this daring work, Edward O. Wilson proposes an alliance between science and religion to save Earth's vanishing biodiversity.

Book News
In the form of a letter to a Southern Baptist minister, Wilson (biology, Harvard U.) recalls his own past as he gives compelling environmental and spiritual reasons to be concerned about pollution, global warming and the earth's rapid declining number of species. He walks the pastor, and the reader, through the wonders of the natural world and why those wonders oblige us to care, noting the parallels between wild nature and the best of human nature. In a truly frightening section he describes what will happen if people continue in their state of denial about the state of the environment. In another, more positive series of essays he explains what science has learned and what humans must learn of science to bring up a new generation of naturalists. He pleads for the continuance of life in all its forms. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Dear Pastor:We have not met, yet I feel I know you well enough to call you friend. First of all, we grew up in the same faith. Although I no longer belong to that faith, I am confident that if we met and spoke privately of our deepest beliefs, it would be in a spirit of mutual respect and goodwill. I write to you now for your counsel and help. Let us see if we can, and you are willing, to meet on the near side of metaphysics in order to deal with the real world we share. I suggest that we set aside our differences in order to save the Creation. The defense of living Nature is a universal value. It doesn't rise from nor does it promote any religious or ideological dogma. Rather, it serves without discrimination the interests of all humanity.Pastor, we need your help. The Creation—living Nature—is in deep trouble.The Creation is E. O. Wilson's most important work since the publications of Sociobiology and Biophilia. Like Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, it is a book about the fate of the earth and the survival of our planet. Yet while Carson was specifically concerned with insecticides and the ecological destruction of our natural resources, Wilson, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, attempts his new social revolution by bridging the seemingly irreconcilable worlds of fundamentalism and science. Like Carson, Wilson passionately concerned about the state of the world, draws on his own personal experiences and expertise as an entomologist, and prophesies that half the species of plants and animals on Earth could either have gone or at least are fated for early extinction by the end of our present century.Astonishingly, The Creation is not a bitter, predictable rant against fundamentalist Christians or deniers of Darwin. Rather, Wilson, a leading "secular humanist," draws upon his own rich background as a boy in Alabama who "took the waters," and seeks not to condemn this new generations of Christians but to address them on their own terms. Conceiving the book as an extended letter to a southern Baptist minister, Wilson, in stirring language that can evoke Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail," tells this everyman minister how, in fact, the world really came to be. He pleads with these men of the cloth to understand the cataclysmic damage that is destroying our planet and asks for their help in preventing the destruction of our Earth before it is too late. Never a pessimist, Wilson avers that there are solutions that may yet save the planet, and believes that the vision that he presents in The Creation is one that both scientists and pastors can accept, and work on together in spite of their fundamental ideological differences.

Baker
& Taylor

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of On Human Nature promotes a bold new alliance between science and religion to defend living Nature (The Creation) by joining forces to preserve Earth's threatened biodiversity. 70,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Norton, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393062175
0393062171
Characteristics: viii, 175 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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1aa
Aug 18, 2016

An impassioned plea in the form of letters to a pastor regarding the importance of life on the Earth (and in it too). Its certainly more motivating than S. Lewis' Massey Lectures.

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aemy
Sep 05, 2010

Fascinating so far. Want to read more of Wilson, esp. the biography,
"Naturalist".

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gailygirl
Sep 15, 2007

Reading this book of beautifully written lyrical prose is an experience not to be missed. And that's aside from the subject matter - which is something I personally care about very much. You may know E.O. Wilson as "The Ant Man" or as a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. But if you have never read anything by him or about him, use this book to change that.

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