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The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth

by E. O. Wilson
New York: W. W. Norton, 2007. 192 pages.

Composed as a series of letters to a Southern Baptist pastor, The Creation tries to rally the resources of both science and religion in the service of maintaining biodiversity. “I suggest that we set aside our differences in order to save the Creation,” Wilson pleads. “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.” The reviewer for The New York Times Book Review describes The Creation as “[t]he wise and lovely work of a truly learned man.”