Mon, 04 Apr


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Morals without Religion - the hypocritical humanist. with Prof Alice Roberts

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Morals without Religion - the hypocritical humanist. with Prof Alice Roberts

Time & Location

04 Apr, 19:30 – 21:00

The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG, UK

About the event

"Don't let this woman fool you....this woman is a menace.....a dangerous woman. Make no mistake....", not Alice Roberts, but psychologist Margaret Knight following her BBC essays on Morals without Religion in the 1950's. Humanists UK President Professor Alice Roberts takes us on a personal exploration of Margaret Knight’s 1950s radio essay series, ‘Morals Without Religion’, to examine changing attitudes to, and controversies around, the idea of non-religious morality. She discusses the place of faith schools in modern Britain and why arguments against them often provoke fierce debate. Margaret Knight, a librarian and subsequently lecturer in psychology at Aberdeen University, was treated to a barrage of invective from the popular press following her two radio essays, which were subsequently published. Her gender was held against her, and even the fact that she had no children. The Daily Graphic, whose quote is above, also said that she was "beating up Christianity with a razor and a bicycle chain" In her exploration of Margaret Knight's contribution Alice Roberts reflects on her own journey with religious schooling and how the popular press have treated her. In addition to being President of Humanists UK, Alice Roberts is also a very well-know writer and broadcaster on anatomy, physical anthropology, pre-history and biology. She originally trained as a medical doctor and is now Professor of Public Understanding of Science at the University of Birmingham. On television, amongst many programmes, she has presented Time Team, Coast and Stonehenge - the lost circles. She also delivered the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2018 and has published numerous books.

This will be in 'in person' ticketed event. Tickets will be FREE to members of Bristol Humanists. Tickets will be released nearer the date. Note that this will be held at The Station (Creative Youth Network), Silver St (and not our usual venue of Unitarian Meeting Hall).

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