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4.0 out of 5 stars Green Pied Piper, 7 Nov 2009
This review is from: Jolly Green Giant (Hardcover)
In the 1970's, Bellamy was everywhere and when on TV. You could hardly escape him and his infectious enthusiasm for botany (his special subject) and the living world in general can be compared to that of a superficially less cerebral David Attenborough. This book tells of his life from modest though not poor circumstances in 1938 through to his becoming a household name and holder of innumerable academic and public awards worldwide. He also wrote over 30 books, mostly on botany.

I was particularly interested to see that, for Bellamy, acceptance of the basic theory of physical evolution can go hand in hand with belief in a spiritual world, or, if you prefer, belief in and faith in God. He, Bellamy, comes across as a very very nice decent person who really cares for the living world.

Bellamy still has the knack of being very topical: in a recent Sunday magazine profile, he "admitted" that he was a climate change" skeptic or, as those trying to force a blinkered view upon the public often put it, "denier" (by analogy, presumably with "Holocaust" "denial"...). He believes that human input into global warming (assuming that the latter is happening) is very insignificant and that, also, CO2 is actually good in some ways, for example in the nourishment of the world's trees and other plant life. Every cloud, even the polluted kind, has a silver lining, it seems!

Well worth reading and, like so many good reads, fantastic used value on Amazon.
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Initial post: 30 Dec 2009 13:45:03 GMT
I had this book for Christmas, and am really enjoying it. Just wanted to say that Prof. David Bellamy's view that evolution and creation are not mutually exclusive is a common one amongst most Christians - certainly those in the mainstream Churches. There are many scientists - such as the director of the Human Genome project - who are committed Christians too. It's such a pity that many journalists, with what seems to me to be determination to put a 'good story' before the facts, try to make it appear that the Church is at war with science.

Posted on 29 Mar 2010 16:23:12 BDT
Purple Sheep says:
I have never previously posted in response to a review but felt I really needed to when I read your remarks about David Bellamy and climate change. I would urge you and anyone else who doubts the validity of climate change to read George Monbiot's `Heat' which, as well as providing an incredible amount of well researched information on the subject, absolutely rips apart the Daily Mail article you are referring to!

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