AN Wilson, author and journalist, Angie Hobbs, Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at Sheffield University, and John Cornwell of Cambridge University were among the participants in a discussion of the relationship between science and religion.

Science and religion both evolved (and are sustained) from the same human desire to comprehend reality, the book argues, and have developed in tandem down the centuries, from the time of prehistoric man to the present day. Science has advanced in the ‘slipstream’ of religion. Ontological, religious concerns about the reasons for existence represent ‘ultimate questions’ about the nature of reality, while technical, scientific concerns, the ‘how’ as opposed to the ‘why’ can be seen as ‘penultimate questions’.

Cristina Odone moderated the discussion which also featured John Loughlin of St Edmund’s, Cambridge; Fiammetta Rocco, Books and Arts Editor of The Economist; Victoria Bateman, Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge; and Melanie McDonagh of the Evening Standard.