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on November 15, 2015
Let me be clear, E. O. Wilson is a gifted writer, a passionate scientist, and positive force for science and social change, but this work is not his strongest. Here's why: while the content was supposed to be geared towards a generic or un-named Baptist minister, the only real illusions to religion happen rather early in the text, and then at the beginning of each chapter beginning "Dear pastor" or something to that extent, and then proceeds into why conservation and biodiversity is important on a global scale. His early comparisons to the "creation" and preservation thereof as something man is divinely commanded to carry out is a refreshing take on the Genesis accounts and standard "take dominion over the earth" narrative so common in Christianity, but I felt as if the text was too dismissive of religious fundamentalists - no matter how ignorant or incorrect their scientific understanding.

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.
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on January 18, 2015
Scientifically relevant to our current times. It is a great exploration on our our possible natural role as stewards of the life of the planet, the importance of this and how we can achieve it while also trying to reconcile the fact that religion and science although incompatible in appearance can and should work together for the good of human and non-human life on our planet. Also the writing quality is superb and a pleasure to read.
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on December 22, 2014
The usual well-written book by E. O. Wilson, and an excellent background on the biology and genetics of evolution for readers not well-trained in science. Also good for a review of population genetics for those trained in the sciences but working in other than those needing biological population studies.
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on November 6, 2016
Easy to understand even by limited biology background. Very interesting analysis and thoughts. Goes into appropriate level of details to help readers understand.
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on July 17, 2017
excellent book
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on October 23, 2015
E. O. Wilson, world-renowned Harvard biologist, believes Creation to be the greatest heritage. He leads professional and serious amateurs who love adventure and real-world challenges, body and mind, to discover that Nature is heaven on Earth.
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on June 21, 2017
It was a really good book
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on August 6, 2015
a beautiful, articulate, informative and readable book in which this lovely genius biologist explains the need (and appeals) for a radical change in humans' relating to Earth and her creatures. Do read it! and then give it to five people. :-)
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on June 5, 2016
was a very interesting book to read and had many intresting veiws to the current climate issues. it's definitely worth the read if you are intrested in nature!
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on November 21, 2015
Ed Wilson has been referred to as a modern-day Thoreau. IN THE CREATION, he presents a compelling argument for science & religion to work together to preserve the biodversity of the planet.
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