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The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth Paperback – September 17, 2007
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“A contemporary jeremiad ... at times searing, at times soaring.”
- Tom Levinson, Chicago Tribune
“Rarely has the divide between secular science and revealed religion been bridged so gracefully.”
- Robert Lee Holtz, Los Angeles Times Book Review
“The wise and lovely work of a truly learned man.”
- Matthew Scully, New York Times Book Review
“Beautiful and passionate.”
- David B. Williams, Seattle Times
“One of our greatest thinkers says we can only rescue the earth by starting with its smallest inhabitants. ... Read this book.”
- The Times (London)
“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.”
- Jeffrey Sachs
About the Author
Edward O. Wilson is widely recognized as one of the world’s preeminent biologists and naturalists. The author of more than thirty books, including The Social Conquest of Earth, The Meaning of Human Existence, and Letters to a Young Scientist, Wilson is a professor emeritus at Harvard University. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, he lives with his wife, Irene Wilson, in Lexington, Massachusetts.
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If you've read some of his other works (Naturalist, Letter to a Young Scientist, etc.) I'm not sure there will be much earth shattering information in this text - but it's a quick read, a rather short book, and there are some good anecdotes and a few positive theological notes, but sadly not many. I guess in sum, the content is good, but the title feels misdirected - this is really a treatise on why conservation is important to us all, not necessarily a specific appeal to the religious community for a theological change of heart. Not a wasted afternoon having read this, but I don't think this is the book to give any of the Baptist ministers I know.
Dr. Wilson's books are thoroughly researched and well documented scientific works. They are an excellent model for teaching students how to "do" science. He follows the Scientific Method from Observation to Presentation. "The Creation: An Appeal to Life on Earth" would have received a 5 star rating except for sloppy proofing. On page 57 (if I am remembering correctly) about 2/3 down is the quote from "The Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin 1859 that omits 3 key words "by the Creator". Dr. Wilson presented a Lecture at USAO in Chickasha, OK in March 2009. As a past USAO professor, I was invited to the reception in his honor that evening. I was accompanied by a student who during the Q&A after the lecture ask "Was that omission just an oversight?" Dr. Wilson had a gracious response and challenged my student to cite his reference. He responded I have Darwin's book 1859 on my iPhone Kindle. Dr. Wilson thanked him for his question, but noted the Kindle was probably incorrect. My student took my hardbound copy 1859 and with the last question confirmed that the hardbound was exactly like the Kindle. Dr. Wilson said he would follow up and issue a public apology if the words "by the Creator" had been omitted.