I have mixed feelings about EO Wilson’s book, The Creation(amzn/b&n/abe/pwll). It’s wonderfully well written, it’s on a subject I care about and that Wilson is clearly passionate about, and it’s trying to straighten out religious people on an important matter, but it’s also written directly to an audience of which I am not a part. I found myself alienated by the style, and despite my appreciation of his effort, simply wasn’t able to finish the book. I’m going to have to try and wade through those last few chapters sometime, though, when I’m feeling charitable enough to be able to cope with being addressed as a Baptist minister.

Still, though, I agree that Wilson deserves to be awarded a Green Book Award for The Creation—we can’t afford to wait for all the Baptists to commit apostasy before we draft them to support biodiversity. Let’s hope he wins many more, and especially let’s hope more religious organizations start acknowledging his ideas!


  1. #1 Ichthyic
    February 9, 2007

    I am impressed by the willingness of the American Episcopals to allow the schism to occur, rather than back down on an issue of such importance. To stand fast in the face of such a split is a commendable example of their willingness to suffer difficulties rather than compromise their basic principles.

    very similar to what happened with the Lutherans a few decades back.

    I suspect debates like this continue to run hot within most protestant denominations within the US (that haven’t already split, that is).

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