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E.O. Wilson Stuart Pimm Richard Cizik

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Can religion and environmentalism find common ground in the 21st century?

This week marks the publication of Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson’s new book, The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth. Written in the form of a letter to a Southern Baptist minister, Wilson argues that the gravest environmental threats facing the earth today, such as global warming, can be solved only if science and religion join forces. To this end, he calls for conservative evangelical Christians—one of the country’s biggest and most powerful constituencies—and environmentalists to form a mutually respectful alliance.

But can these two disparate groups, which have fundamentally different worldviews, find common ground? If anyone can speak to this, it would be Richard Cizik, a prominent conservative Christian and evangelical leader who, in recent years, has become a high-profile advocate for the environment. Cizik is the political point man for the 30-million-strong National Association of Evangelicals (see “The Holy & the Hawks,” Audubon, September-October 2005).

Audubon asked Cizik and Wilson to discuss how evangelicals and environmentalists can team up to save the planet, a core theme of Wilson’s book. Additionally, we asked Stuart Pimm, a leading conservation biologist who has recently coauthored an essay titled “The Christian Ethics of Species Conservation” (in the book Religion and the New Ecology, also published this week; click here to download a PDF of the essay), to join the conversation. What follows is their online exchange, which will play out all this week.

Introduction

Day 1, Tuesday September 5th

Day 2, Wednesday September 6th

Day 3, Thursday September 7th

Day 4, Friday September 8th

















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