Magisteria review: How science and religion have a tangled past

Anti-evolution books for sale in Dayton, Tennessee, where Professor John T. Scopes is on trial for teaching the theory of evolution in public schools. (Photo by ?? Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

Anti-evolution books on sale in Dayton, Tennessee, in 1925

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Nicholas Spencer (Oneworld Publications)

SCIENCE and religion are in opposition from their foundations upwards, right? One is built on reason and evidence, the other on belief.

Well, I have a confession to make: I don’t buy it. I am an evangelical Christian and a New Scientist editor. Some might say I am the definition of a square peg in a round hole – but there it is.

I say all this by way of explaining why I was excited to get hold …

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