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The Creation is a timely book about the survival of life on this planet, which E. O. Wilson demonstrates is more endangered than ever before. Drawing on his own personal experiences as a world-leading biologist, he prophesies that at least half the species of plants and animals on Earth could either be gone or fated for early extinction by the end of our present century. Written in the form of an impassioned letter to a Southern Baptist pastor, The Creation demonstrates that science and religion need not be warring antagonists.
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While others argue about science and religion, Edward O. Wilson affirms life. In this important work, the author of Diversity of Life offers an informed celebration of biodiversity that is deeply tinged with urgency. The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner notes that the rich diversity of life on the planet (more than 1.5 million species) is threatened by damage that we do unthinkingly. Addressing a Southern Baptist minister, secular humanist Wilson encourages him and other fundamentalists to cherish -- and protect -- the Creation. A stirring evocation of a world we share.
Matthew Scully
The Creation is the wise and lovely work of a truly learned man, filled with a spirit that readers of every stripe will recognize as reverence.
— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
With his usual eloquence, patience and humor, Wilson, our modern-day Thoreau, adds his thoughts to the ongoing conversation between science and religion. Couched in the form of letters to a Southern Baptist pastor, the Pulitzer Prize-winning entomologist pleads for the salvation of biodiversity, arguing that both secular humanists like himself and believers in God acknowledge the glory of nature and can work together to save it. The "depth and complexity of living Nature still exceeds human imagination," he asserts (somewhere between 1.5 million and 1.8 million species of plants, animals and microorganisms have been discovered to date), and most of the world around us remains unknowable, as does God. Each species functions as a self-contained universe with its own evolutionary history, its own genetic structure and its own ecological role. Human life is tangled inextricably in this intricate and fragile web. Understanding these small universes, Wilson says, can foster human life. Wilson convincingly demonstrates that such rich diversity offers a compelling moral argument from biology for preserving the "Creation." Wilson passionately leads us by the hand into an amazing and abundantly diverse natural order, singing its wonders and its beauty and captivating our hearts and imaginations with nature's mysterious ways. 25 illus. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Written in the form of an open letter to a generic Southern Baptist minister, "a literalist interpreter of Christian Holy Scripture," Wilson's (Nature Revealed) latest book seeks a common ground from which both scientists and persons of faith can confront a common threat: the ravages to nature-especially the loss of biodiversity-caused by humanity. Although he concedes that religious readers will disagree with him on many points, this does not prevent Wilson from devoting most of his book to examining the scientific evidence (much of which is drawn from his own research) for species loss and the causes. Southern Baptist ministers would be better judges of how successfully he answers their concerns, so if this book is taken at face value, it is not for general readers and hence an optional purchase for environmental collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/06.] Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Celebrated conservationist par excellence Wilson (The Future of Life, 2002, etc.) sings familiar tunes in a short text that exhorts religionists to join in saving the planet. The author preaches to the choir here, but it's a fairly select choir prepared to hear evolution defended over creationism and to have Intelligent Design dismissed as non-science. Interestingly, Wilson's condemnation of all that modern society has wrought on the environment jibes with the Christian sentiments expressed in the old hymn: "Every prospect pleases but only man is vile." To be sure, some fundamentalist groups have raised concerns about global warming, so the biologist may not be off the mark in seeking new alliances, but the "Dear Pastor" approach seems more like a gimmick to trot out the latest figures on habitat loss, invasive species, pollution and overharvesting, all made worse by global warming. Wilson states a variety of principles in defense of conservation and biodiversity. These include his views on human nature and instincts and what he calls biophilia, an innate human affinity for the living world. Wilson sees biophilia manifested in the kind of place people prefer to live-at a height looking out at parkland and near a body of water. He sees this as nothing less than a species memory of the savannas where Homo sapiens emerged. Trying to mitigate all the dire data, Wilson goes on to describe what is being done and what can be done to counter the destruction. For example, the major global "hot spots" in need of immediate preservation have been defined by Conservation International, with projections made about the cost of saving them using current technologies. In the end, he concludes, scienceeducation may be more important-and as an added fillip for readers familiar with the conservation agenda, Wilson enumerates the pedagogic principles that have endeared him to many generations of Harvard students. A repackaging and updating, yes, but if it wins new adherents, why not?
The Times (London)
“One of our greatest thinkers says we can only rescue the earth by starting with its smallest inhabitants. ... Read this book.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review
Rarely has the divide between secular science and revealed religion been bridged so gracefully.— Robert Lee Holtz
Chicago Tribune
A contemporary jeremiad ... at times searing, at times soaring.— Tom Levinson
Seattle Times
Beautiful and passionate.— David B. Williams
Matthew Scully - New York Times Book Review
“The wise and lovely work of a truly learned man.”
Jeffrey Sachs
“If humankind finds a way to live in peace together, and in harmony with nature, E. O. Wilson will have played a unique role in that deliverance.”
Robert Lee Holtz - Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Rarely has the divide between secular science and revealed religion been bridged so gracefully.”
Tom Levinson - Chicago Tribune
“A contemporary jeremiad ... at times searing, at times soaring.”
David B. Williams - Seattle Times
“Beautiful and passionate.”
New York Times Book Review - Matthew Scully
“The wise and lovely work of a truly learned man.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review - Robert Lee Holtz
“Rarely has the divide between secular science and revealed religion been bridged so gracefully.”
Chicago Tribune - Tom Levinson
“A contemporary jeremiad ... at times searing, at times soaring.”
Seattle Times - David B. Williams
“Beautiful and passionate.”
New York Times Book Review
The wise and lovely work of a truly learned man.— Matthew Scully
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393062175
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/5/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward O. Wilson is widely recognized as one of the world's preeminent biologists and naturalists. The author of more than twenty books, including The Creation, The Social Conquest of Earth, and Letters to a Young Scientist, Wilson is a professor emeritus at Harvard University. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

I The creation
1 Letter to a Southern Baptist pastor : salutation 3
2 Ascending to nature 9
3 What is nature? 15
4 Why care? 26
5 Alien invaders from planet Earth 37
6 Two magnificent animals 55
7 Wild nature and human nature 62
II Decline and redemption
8 The pauperization of Earth 73
9 Denial and its risks 82
10 End game 91
III What science has learned
11 Biology is the study of nature 103
12 The fundamental laws of biology 110
13 Exploration of a little-known planet 116
IV Teaching the creation
14 How to learn biology and how to teach it 127
15 How to raise a naturalist 139
16 Citizen science 148
V Reaching across
17 An alliance for life 165
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2007

    Wholly Creation

    After listening to E.O. Wilson¿s stirring lecture at Oklahoma State University, I found myself trying to assimilate gobs of information regarding conservation. During this search I read E.O. Wilson¿s most recent book The Creation. It would be right to say, this book struck a chord with me. Written in the form of a lengthy letter to a southern Baptist pastor, Wilson pleas for usually conflicting institutions of science and religion to collaborate in their efforts to save our planet. Wilson writes with elegant clarity and devoted passion to the subject of biodiversity conservation. He reveals accurate as well as disturbing details about the overall health of the planet we live on. In addition, Wilson gives advice to readers on how to protect, teach, and sustain biodiversity for the future. A great read, not your average non fiction bedtime reading material.

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