This is a rare opportunity to question "the hell out of" a Christian ...or him persuading the hell into us! . We're really excited about this one and have booked a bigger room AT THE PRINCE OF WALES ( NOTE :NOT THE usual DEVEREUX) as we expect it to be very popular, but you will need to book as usual, and seats are still limited.
Andrew Watts, is an ex-barrister (and now successfully working on the Comedy circuit). There can be little doubt that to be a barrister you need to be educated, quick witted, capable of reasoning and being persuasive. So is it still a case of compartmentalisation and cognitive dissonance, even for people of this calibre?
Or is there any chance that we are missing something?
Either way, it's a rare opportunity to learn something valuable about ourselves and/or what really motives and resonates with intelligent religious people. Following a short talk from Andrew on why he believes what he believes, and thinks it is the reasonable choice, Jason will be putting some questions to him. Then we'll have a debate with Andrew, where he will also have the opportunity to put tough questions to us.
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Just as we have religious people joining this group to " challenge their faith", so too must we be open to questioning ourselves. Of course many "inter-faith" panels have been done - but usually these seem to be afraid of "offending" and as a result end up as little more than a pat on the back for those concerned, having challenged little either within oneself or anyone else.
This isn't one of those! As LAAGers know, we don't do talking around corners!
And the notion of "offence" will be left at the door where it belongs!
That doesn't mean rudeness will be allowed, certainly not, nor will this be a hatchet job, but a fair and balanced debate respecting the fact that Andrew has agreed to come along. Civil but candid and frank opinions are free to be given without fear - both ways.
Don't miss the rare chance for a no-holds barred (but of course civil) dialogue, getting inside the mind of someone who we can't dismiss as lacking an enquiring intellect, as perhaps we tend to do with many religious people.
Any pre-event comments or questions can be added in the comments boxes below, as usual.
£5 non members/ non RSVP'd members
£3 LAAG members, £2 NUS (if RSVP'd)
People who are no shows more than twice in a year (from 10/9/13) will not be eligible for discount, so please update RSVP's ;-)
RSVP facility will close automatically, at 17:00 on the day of the event. ★★★ If you have a genuine issue after that time, or are a 'maybe' for some reason etc., just please LET US KNOW in the comment boxes below & that'll be no problem ★★★
This is guide only & we won't be draconican in the case of occasional slip-ups etc so don't worry! , but people just showing up or no shows makes organising difficult (& possibly denies others from attending fully booked events) so we do ask for this small courtesy, please.
19:00- 19:20 Arrival upstairs (please get drinks and order any food DOWNSTAIRS first)
19:30 Discussion /Talk starts PROMPTLY, break and then Q & A usually till 21:30 (but flexible)
Social time at the bar, with some nibbles, till 22:30
Though these midweek events are usually structured talks/debates/discussions, they are nevertheless fairly informal; so the bar is usually open upstairs in the break and feel free to order food and have it during the event (here is the menu - food is generally good!).
We start the discussion promptly at 19:30. As a courtesy to others, please try to turn up by 19:20 ... if at all possible :-) If a late arrival can't be helped, it's not a problem, no worries, just come in quietly :-)
The usual end time for discussion is 21:30pm, but this is flexible if people want to continue with the discussion, and usually we have some social time afterwards until 10:30pm (or until the pub closes!)
(The meetup fee goes towards costs of running the group and activism)
Just a few minutes walk from either Covent Garden or Holborn Tube (Note that Covent Garden Tube entrance (Not exit) is closed till November, please check on TFL.Gov.uk)
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