Written in the form of letters to a Southern Baptist pastor Creation attempts to bridge the seemingly irreconcilable worlds of fundamentalism and science. Like Rachel 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.
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, telling them how, in fact, the world really came to be and pleading 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.
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"A repackaging and updating, yes, but if it wins new adherents, why not?" - Kirkus.
"Starred review. 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." - PW.
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E. O. Wilson is the author of Sociobiology, Biophilia and The Future of Life.
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