E.O. Wilson's The Creation Released Today

creation.JPGHarvard professor and Pulitzer-prize winning author Edward O. Wilson has never shied away from controversy in his storied career. With the release of his 1975 book Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, Wilson both created a new field of scientific study, and angered many with his analysis of human society in terms of the non-human (primarily insect) social systems he studied. His 1992 book The Diversity of Life, considered by many his best, argued that a human-created biodiversity crisis was underway that would lead to levels of species extinction not seen since the dinosaurs died off. In his new book, The Creation: A Meeting of Science and Religion, Wilson dives into yet another area of heated conflict, and makes the case for an alliance between secular humanists and people of faith in order to avert mass extinctions. Labeling Wilson "our modern-day Thoreau," Publishers Weekly (subscription required) praises the new book's argument for a moral obligation to preserve biodiversity, as well as the author's use of a unique literary style for a non-fiction work:

Couched in the form of letters to a Southern Baptist pastor, the Pulitzer Prize–winning entomologist pleads for the salvation of biodiversity, arguing that both secular humanists like himself and believers in God acknowledge the glory of nature and can work together to save it. The "depth and complexity of living Nature still exceeds human imagination," he asserts (somewhere between 1.5 million and 1.8 million species of plants, animals and microorganisms have been discovered to date), and most of the world around us remains unknowable, as does God. Each species functions as a self-contained universe with its own evolutionary history, its own genetic structure and its own ecological role. Human life is tangled inextricably in this intricate and fragile web. Understanding these small universes, Wilson says, can foster human life. Wilson convincingly demonstrates that such rich diversity offers a compelling moral argument from biology for preserving the "Creation." Wilson passionately leads us by the hand into an amazing and abundantly diverse natural order, singing its wonders and its beauty and captivating our hearts and imaginations with nature's mysterious ways.
Though secular in his own outlook, Wilson's Southern Baptist childhood and his "provisional deist" approach to religion have opened doors for him among Christian believers in the past. With his own success, and the growth of green consciousness in the US, Wilson, in what he describes as potentially "foolish optimism," believes that bridges can be built between disparate groups in the face of immense ecological challenges. ::Yahoo News via Hugg

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