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Johno Pearce - The Nativity: A Critical Examination

Christmas has come early for Wycombe Skeptics in the Pub! Join us for this free talk, enjoy a beer, and ask your burning questions!

The nativity of Jesus carries much cultural recognition, but does the Biblical narrative command much support in the academic world? Is it a story which holds much historical truth, or were the Biblical accounts of the birth of Jesus simply an opportunity for the authors to impart their theological beliefs?

In this presentation, based on his book, teacher, author, blogger and philosopher, Jonathan M.S. Pearce will be setting out the main problems with the historical reliability of the two infancy narratives, and building a cumulative case for objecting to the historicity of the Gospel’s nativity accounts.

Jonathan is a teacher and author from South Hampshire, who has dedicated many years of his life to all manner of things philosophical and theological. He is currently studying for a Masters in Philosophy, and is a founder member of the Tippling Philosophers, a friendly group of disparate believers and non-believers based in Hampshire.

Check out his blog at


Skeptics in the Pub is a place for inquisitive people of all ages to meet and converse in the High Wycombe area.

Skeptics are people who yearn to discover the truth behind extraordinary claims that people or groups may make, this can be in areas of alternative therapies, the paranormal, religion and faith, the afterlife or many other areas of life.

We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism. This means we often end up talking about superstition, religious fundamentalism, censorship and conspiracy theory.

You are welcome to come along and just sit and listen to others, or if you are braver get stuck right in!

see our Facebook page and Twitter account to get a fuller idea of what we are about!

Most of us have a fondness for good quality beer, so our current home is Wycombe’s only specialty ale house & bottle bar, It is also a Bring Your Own Food Pub, and they have free WiFi.

The Bootlegger pub

3 Amersham Hill,

High Wycombe,



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  • Peter T.

    Another excellent evening. Nothing I could disagree with in the presentation but lots of potential debates arising from the Q & A.

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • Sonja

    A very enjoyable evening!
    Johno's presentation was very good - he guided the debate and the q & a sessions really well.
    Really vibrant group participation too. I'll be back!

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • Joe C.

    Very articulate speaker, raised a lot of issues about the nativity, plenty of food for thought for believers and disbelievers alike. Educational and first class.

    2 · September 26, 2013

  • Nabil S.

    Bummed I missed it, last minute change meant I couldn't be there.

    September 26, 2013

  • Kathryn T.

    So gutted I missed this, it sounds like it was a good one. Hope to see you all soon.

    September 26, 2013

  • Dougald T.

    Excellent talk, well informed and good questions and challenges from the audience.

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Seems less likely that I'll be able to make it.

    September 23, 2013

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