Eileen Barker

Wednesday, February 19 2020 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
Desborough Road
High Wycombe
HP11 2PU

Eileen Barker

What's the talk about?


This month we will be taking a skeptical view of cults with one of the country's leading sociologists. Eileen will be looking at questions such as 'Are people who join cults crazy?' and 'All religions are basically cults, right?', as well as looking at how the modern world has created it's own cults that are separate from traditional religion. There will also be a time for questions and answers in the second half.

Eileen Barker, PhDhc (Copenhagen), FAcSS, FBA, OBE, is Professor Emeritus of Sociology with Special Reference to the Study of Religion. In 2011 she was elected as one of LSE’s Honorary Fellows.
Her main research interest is 'cults', 'sects' and new religious movements, the changes they undergo and the social reactions to which they give rise. Since 1989 she has also been investigating changes in the religious situation in Eastern Europe, Japan and China.

She has over 350 publications, translated into 27 languages. These include the award-winning 'The Making of a Moonie: Brainwashing or Choice?' and 'New Religious Movements: A Practical Introduction.'

She has given guest lectures at over 200 universities around the world, and is a familiar commentator on religious issues on both radio and television. She has been elected as an officer of most of the international organisations related to sociology of religion, being the first non-American to have been elected President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Who are we?

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 and many other areas of life. We we often end up talking about superstition, science, religious fundamentalism, health, censorship and conspiracy theory

We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism..

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

Our Website is at wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org (http://wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org/) where you will find links to join our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/HighWycombeSkeptics/) page and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/wycombesitp).