Wilson has noted that there are millions of Evangelical Christians who could be playing a more active role in saving "God's Creation." Wilson believes these Christians, who may believe that the world is about to end, are neglecting the duty they have to our environment. If all the Christians came aboard the fight in America then there is a chance to win this environmental rescue campaign. The Christian Right is a powerful lobby and a crucial part of the arsenal in defence of the Earth.
Wilson asks why Christians are not doing more, why some of them believe the world is about to end and that environmental policies are a waste of time. Wilson is a staunch scientist but makes a very respectful and polite plea on behalf of the Earth - this is not like reading Dawkins or Harris or Hitchens!
Wilson has taken an intesting approach to try to appeal to the Christians without seeming arrogant or dismissive of their religious belief, and he does a very good job in that regard. I am sure this little book will become a classic in time.
It is not soft on the science and presents many powerful arguments to support Wilson's case - in a way it is in every sense as powerful an argument against unreason as Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris may deliver, so if you enjoyed those authors on religion then you will also enjoy this one. By not writing a polemic Wilson has taken another tack in trying to reach the greater religious audience on the now very important subject of environmental science.
The first printing of this book was a limited run and is superbly bound in the hard-cover, with beautiful typesetting and rough-edged cut pages, giving it a "hand-crafted" type of appeal. They were so beautiful and the writing itself so powerful (Wilson has won a Pulitzer prize for his writing, after all) that I bought three copies: I was sure I would have the opportunity to use the extras as gifts. This is an inspirational work....Continua