A New Noah by Anne Barbeau Gardiner

A New Noah

The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth
by Edward O. Wilson
W. W. Norton, 2006
(173 pages, $21.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Anne Barbeau Gardiner

Written as a letter to a Southern Baptist pastor, Harvard biologist Edward Wilson’s newest book invites Evangelicals to put aside their differences with Darwinians and join them in the common cause of saving life on earth, but he does not stop at offering a pragmatic association with Evangelicals. He yokes their sacred words— Creation, Eden, stewardship, truth, mystery, human nature, miracle, meaning of existence, and heaven—to pull the cart of his naturalism.

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Anne Barbeau Gardiner is Professor Emerita of English at John Jay College of the City University of New York. She has published on Dryden, Milton, and Swift, as well as on Catholics of the 17th century.

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