Welcome to Cheltenham Skeptics in the Pub.

Skeptics in the Pub was founded in London by Dr Scott Campbell in 1999. The aim is to provide opportunities for people who are interested in science, skepticism, rationalism and critical thinking to socialise and discuss matters of interest, usually with a guest speaker. There are now over fifty groups across the country. Their websites will give you a great idea of what Skeptics are, what happens at a SitP event and so on.

Cheltenham SitP was conceived in November 2010.

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Johno Pearce

When?
Tuesday, May 30 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

66 Regent Street
Cheltenham
GL50 1HA

Who?
Johno Pearce

What's the talk about?

This century has seen the emergence of Islam as a religion closely connected to violence and terrorism. With regrettable regularity the latest religiously inspired terror attack fills the news broadcasts around the world whether they be the work of ISIS, the Taliban, Al-Qaeda or other such group. However these events are also vociferously condemned by peacful Islamic groups as being distinctly against the teachings fo the Qu'ran. Islam is a religion of peace and unity for many Muslim across the world.

To investigate whether is a part of Islam, and to what extent, Jonathan will examine in turn; the Qu'ran, the history of the prophet of Muhammad, and modern day interpretations given by Muslims. However regardless of his conclusion Jonathan will consider what role political expediency plays in accepting the narrative that fundamentalists are acting outside of the religion. It may be more desirable to accept a more moderate interpretation of Islam, even if it is less accurate.

Jonathan is a philosopher and author of several books of philosophy and theology. He is a founding member of both Tippling Philosophers and the Skeptic Ink Network.

A Critical Review of Safeguarding

Robert DS Brown

When?
Tuesday, June 27 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

66 Regent Street
Cheltenham
GL50 1HA

Who?
Robert DS Brown

What's the talk about?

"No one expects the Spanish Inquisition" is a critical review of Safeguarding over the years and how perceptions, reality and myth impact on how we view child protection and the protection of the vulnerable in the 21st Century.

Robert Brown is a former Head of Public Protection for Devon and Cornwall Police serving as a police officer for over 30 years he gained an insight into the need for improved responses around protecting the young and the vulnerable and the difficulties in finding the balance between protecting the public and individual rights. Having retired from the Police he now works for the Catholic Church as the Safeguarding Coordinator for the Diocese of Plymouth which covers Devon, Dorset and Cornwall.

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