News From this September children in England will explicitly be taught evolution from primary school onwards as part of the science curriculum

BBC presenter Professor Alice Roberts says regulations must be expanded to include private schools

Marina Wallace: Why was the genius of the man who pioneered the science of genetics ignored for so long?

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Hot Spot: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

A natural selection

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`The vast majority of newborns face the same appalling child mortality rates as our ancestors'

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Sir: Mark Smith ends his letter in defence of Creationism with "This is not fundamentalism. It's common sense."

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RICHARD Dawkins, the subject of last week's Profile, has asked us to make clear that he is married to Lalla Ward.

Letter: Science and theology: material and spiritual questions that are worlds apart

Sir: I am the living answer to Richard Dawkins' letter (20 March) in which he questions the usefulness of theology. Theology revolutionised my life, sharpened my intellect, expanded my horizons, integrated my personality and gave me a happiness which has endured. I am therefore delighted to announce that theology does work.

BOOK REVIEW / Would you Adam and Eve it?: 'The Facts of Life: Shattering the Myth of Darwinism' - Richard Milton: 4th Estate, 16.99 pounds

WHEN Darwin's Origin of Species and The Descent of Man were published in the last century, they radically changed our conception of ourselves and our place in the wider scheme of things. The new theory of evolution argued convincingly for the derivation of more complex species from earlier, simpler ones. Ultimately, Darwin reasoned, all life on earth could be traced back to a few (or one) primordial parent forms.
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