175 pages, 22 line drawings, maps
In this daring work, E.O. Wilson proposes an alliance between science and religion to save Earth's vanishing biodiversity. The Creation is written in the form of a letter to a Southern Baptist Minister with personal anecdotes from Wilson's life.
"Pastor, we need your help. The Creation – living Nature – is in deep trouble. Scientists estimate that if habitat conversion and other destructive human activities continue at their present rates half the species of plants and animals on Earth could be either gone or at least fated for early extinction by the end of the century...The ongoing extinction rate is by the most conservative estimates to be about a hundred times above that prevailing before humans appeared on Earth, and is expected to rise to at least a thousand times greater in the next decades."
Despite the gloom of our times, The Creation offers a ray of hope in the meeting of science and religion.
"The Creation is a highly informative trip through the world of biology, our relation to the biosphere, and the depressing reality of enviromental degradation."
– Richard P Novick, Times Literary Supplement (October 2007).
"The wise and lovely work of a truly learned man."
– Matthew Scully, The New York Times Book Review
"One of our greatest thinkers says we can only rescue the earth by starting with its smallest inhabitants [...] Read this book."
– Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times
"Wilson speaks with a humane eloquence which calls to us all."
– Oliver Sacks
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E.O. Wilson has written more than twenty books and has received more than one hundred awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes and the National Medal of Science.