'Beer and Philosophy' group grapples with big issues over a pint

Bucks Free Press: 'Beer and Philosophy' group grapples with big issues over a pint 'Beer and Philosophy' group grapples with big issues over a pint

LIFE’S big questions will be on the table alongside a pint or two from this month with the launch of a new group grappling with philosophic issues down the pub.

‘Beer and philosophy’, which meets at Chequers on Marlow High Street every two weeks, is a group discussion about ethical and moral quandaries facing us in everyday life.

It has been launched by Dave Bull, rector at All Saints Church, Marlow, who came up with the idea for the informal get togethers.

And Rev Bull hopes the evenings will help address some people’s issues surrounding religion and society and spark debate in a setting not usually associated with the church.

He said: “The idea came because I go to the pub with friends who never go to church, and we talk about the football and the news but often we end up talking about big questions like science and religion and ‘is there a God’.

“After a few of those conversations I thought it would be good to provide a place for people to get together and talk about those things.

“Last time, there was a wide mix of people, over half of people wouldn’t regularly come to church, and that is who it is aimed at.

“Most people left at coming up to closing time and there was certainly some animated debate going on. It’s not about persuading people – I find it fascinating learning from what people say and their beliefs.”

Over 30 people turned out to the first meeting on May 22, where the topic of discussion was ‘wouldn’t a good God stop suffering?’

Tomorrow's session addresses the thorny issue of science and religion, with the third instalment on June 19 asking whether all religions are the same.

The evenings, which start at 8.30pm in the bar at the Chequers, involve a short talk on the topic, followed by a Q&A session and group discussion.

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9:56am Wed 4 Jun 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

Isn't this what happens in every pub across the land at every session?

Science subjects like "Why is the fluff in yer belly button always grey no matter what colour top you wear"
Religion is one of the verboten subjects in a pub... however it always crops up anyway!
Isn't this what happens in every pub across the land at every session? Science subjects like "Why is the fluff in yer belly button always grey no matter what colour top you wear" Religion is one of the verboten subjects in a pub... however it always crops up anyway! Mr Totterdge Hill
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11:17am Wed 4 Jun 14

MunsterX says...

Good point Totterdge,

So the Rev must be targetting those without drinking buddies, or perhaps asserting himself as a right-on funster after being called a boring tw@t recently?
Good point Totterdge, So the Rev must be targetting those without drinking buddies, or perhaps asserting himself as a right-on funster after being called a boring tw@t recently? MunsterX
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11:57am Wed 4 Jun 14

docpaul says...

This is certainly not a new idea, "Skeptics in the Pub" was founded in London, UK by Dr Scott Campbell in 1999 and we have meetings in pubs all over the UK, in Bucks we have High Wycombe and Maidenhead.
See http://www.skepticsi
nthepub.org/ for details.
This is certainly not a new idea, "Skeptics in the Pub" was founded in London, UK by Dr Scott Campbell in 1999 and we have meetings in pubs all over the UK, in Bucks we have High Wycombe and Maidenhead. See http://www.skepticsi nthepub.org/ for details. docpaul
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12:08pm Wed 4 Jun 14

docpaul says...

There is also a Philosophy in Pubs network...
http://philosophyinp
ubs.co.uk/
There is also a Philosophy in Pubs network... http://philosophyinp ubs.co.uk/ docpaul
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12:46pm Wed 4 Jun 14

gpn01 says...

docpaul wrote:
This is certainly not a new idea, "Skeptics in the Pub" was founded in London, UK by Dr Scott Campbell in 1999 and we have meetings in pubs all over the UK, in Bucks we have High Wycombe and Maidenhead.
See http://www.skepticsi

nthepub.org/ for details.
Beat me to it. Particularly relevant as the last HW Skeptics presentation included the good God/Bad God philosophical debate.

I think the idea of beer & debate shows a nice bit of initiative along the "if you won't come to me, I'll go to you" attitude. Good on Rev Bull for making the effort.
[quote][p][bold]docpaul[/bold] wrote: This is certainly not a new idea, "Skeptics in the Pub" was founded in London, UK by Dr Scott Campbell in 1999 and we have meetings in pubs all over the UK, in Bucks we have High Wycombe and Maidenhead. See http://www.skepticsi nthepub.org/ for details.[/p][/quote]Beat me to it. Particularly relevant as the last HW Skeptics presentation included the good God/Bad God philosophical debate. I think the idea of beer & debate shows a nice bit of initiative along the "if you won't come to me, I'll go to you" attitude. Good on Rev Bull for making the effort. gpn01
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12:54pm Wed 4 Jun 14

MunsterX says...

docpaul wrote:
This is certainly not a new idea, "Skeptics in the Pub" was founded in London, UK by Dr Scott Campbell in 1999 and we have meetings in pubs all over the UK, in Bucks we have High Wycombe and Maidenhead.
See http://www.skepticsi

nthepub.org/ for details.
Paul, is it religious scepticism that dominates the meetings, and why the americanised spelling?
[quote][p][bold]docpaul[/bold] wrote: This is certainly not a new idea, "Skeptics in the Pub" was founded in London, UK by Dr Scott Campbell in 1999 and we have meetings in pubs all over the UK, in Bucks we have High Wycombe and Maidenhead. See http://www.skepticsi nthepub.org/ for details.[/p][/quote]Paul, is it religious scepticism that dominates the meetings, and why the americanised spelling? MunsterX
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2:09pm Wed 4 Jun 14

docpaul says...

We cover science, climate, history, psychology, philosophy, investigative journalism and how to examine extraordinary claims of all types.

Why skeptics with a K? There are several versions of why, I see it as a return to the root of the word, which is based on the Greek skeptomai, which means to think or consider.
One other reference is here http://grammarist.co
m/spelling/sceptic-s
keptic/
We cover science, climate, history, psychology, philosophy, investigative journalism and how to examine extraordinary claims of all types. Why skeptics with a K? There are several versions of why, I see it as a return to the root of the word, which is based on the Greek skeptomai, which means to think or consider. One other reference is here http://grammarist.co m/spelling/sceptic-s keptic/ docpaul
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4:14pm Wed 4 Jun 14

MunsterX says...

Hi Paul, well the Greeks had a kappa alone to play with, the spelling in English is with a "c" and your "skeptics" will remain a solecism; is High Wycombe the new Soli then Paul?
Hi Paul, well the Greeks had a kappa alone to play with, the spelling in English is with a "c" and your "skeptics" will remain a solecism; is High Wycombe the new Soli then Paul? MunsterX
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5:41pm Wed 4 Jun 14

gpn01 says...

MunsterX wrote:
Hi Paul, well the Greeks had a kappa alone to play with, the spelling in English is with a "c" and your "skeptics" will remain a solecism; is High Wycombe the new Soli then Paul?
What's important in communications...how you spell a word or does everyone have a common understanding of what is meant? Maybe a topic for a future Skeptics events?
[quote][p][bold]MunsterX[/bold] wrote: Hi Paul, well the Greeks had a kappa alone to play with, the spelling in English is with a "c" and your "skeptics" will remain a solecism; is High Wycombe the new Soli then Paul?[/p][/quote]What's important in communications...how you spell a word or does everyone have a common understanding of what is meant? Maybe a topic for a future Skeptics events? gpn01
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5:53pm Wed 4 Jun 14

MunsterX says...

GPN, you are a skolar and a gent.
GPN, you are a skolar and a gent. MunsterX
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11:07am Wed 11 Jun 14

marlowbucks says...

‘wouldn’t a good God stop suffering?’ Yes! Next question.
‘wouldn’t a good God stop suffering?’ Yes! Next question. marlowbucks
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