Evolution can mix with faith

As the principal-designate of the King's Academy in Middlesbrough, I found it hard to recognise myself in Joe Clancy's article about me ("New head adds fuel to evolution's fire", TES, July 26).

I specifically described myself to him, in our brief phone call, as a "compatibilist", that is, upholding the very widespread view among religious believers and practising scientists that religion and science can provide complementary descriptions of the world, and one can believe in both God and evolution.

I had hoped that our discussion of my hopes and aspirations for the Academy might have gained some mention, but apparently not.

It is disappointing that a reasonable interview should become fodder for a one-sided article aimed at promoting misunderstanding.

Richard Coupe

3 The Crescent

Pepper Lane

Reading

Berkshire

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