The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth
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.
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Written in the form of an open letter to a generic Southern Baptist minister, "a literalist interpreter of Christian Holy Scripture," Wilson├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬Żs (Nature Revealed ) latest book seeks a common ... Read full review
I can't finish this book. I read one, maybe four paragraphs and have to get up and act. Every one to four paragraphs so far focused me in the moment, made me mealize the extent to which I, and everyone I know, is just sleepwalking through our short existences, numb to the legacy we as individuals, societies and a species are leaving on the biodiversity of Gaia.
Letter to a Southern Baptist Pastor Salutation
Ascending to Nature
What Is Nature?
Alien Invaders from Planet Earth
Two Magnificent Animals
Wild Nature and Human Nature
WHAT SCIENCE HAS LEARNED
Biology Is the Study of Nature
The Fundamental Laws of Biology
Exploration of a LittleKnown Planet
TEACHING THE CREATION
How to Learn Biology and How to Teach It
How to Raise a Naturalist