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In this week’s New Statesman: the God issue

Sam Harris interview | The rise of Hinduism | Alice Miles: why I admire Rupert Murdoch.

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This week's New Statesman is a special issue devoted to faith, science and what we believe today.

The highlights include an interview with the atheist thinker Sam Harris, who argues that science can never be reconciled with religion, Garry Wills on why Saint Augustine's Confessions is best read as a "drama of sin and salvation", and Cherie Blair, Peter Hitchens and Jeremy Vine on why they believe in God.

Also this week, Mehdi Hasan argues that we should vote Yes to AV even if it is a "miserable little compromise", the NS editor, Jason Cowley, discusses Jemima Khan, Julian Assange and our failing concentration, Alice Miles confides her unfashionable admiration for Rupert Murdoch, and David Blanchflower explains why we shouldn't worry about inflation.

All this, plus Geoffrey Robertson on why the coalition's libel reforms won't help free speech, Will Self on urban myths, and an American writing special, including Jonathan Derbyshire on David Foster Wallace's last novel and interviews with Dave Eggers and Joshua Foer.