Is there a bomb in this text?

Is there a bomb in this text?

Is there a bomb in this text?

event Friday, September 27, 2024 schedule 10.00am - 11.00am BST
event Friday, September 27, 2024 schedule 10.00am - 11.00am BST
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Lessons from the Scripture and Violence project
In-person | From £10
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Faculty of Divinity | View details

The expertise to read and expound religious texts is limited. Even if you consider yourself open-minded and a supporter of religious pluralism, it might be hard to respond to allegations that religious texts promote violence. Drawing on the Scripture and Violence essay collection (eds. Snyder and Weiss, 2021), this workshop is intended to equip you with knowledge and confidence to overcome internal and external prejudices about the relationship between religious communities and seemingly pro-violent texts. We will also discuss some challenges of facilitating this kind of learning.

(A follow-on course is available on request, for those who would like to train as facilitators.)

Enhance your EDI-Q with Religious Sensitivities training from the Cambridge Interfaith Programme

Would you feel confident discussing beliefs and worldview with someone from a very different cultural background? If you heard someone (a peer or colleague) railing against a religion, calling it violent or harmful, how would you respond?

Religion is a common taboo in UK society. Combined with prejudicial attitudes, this can lead to ignorance, discrimination and isolation. Through a series of interactive sessions, the Cambridge Interfaith Programme offers a skills-based approach to enhancing religious sensitivities and growing your confidence in meaningful cross-cultural conversation.  This can be applied in workplaces, communities and educational settings.

This year, we are offering three different skill-based sessions, exploring different approaches to overcoming ignorance. The sessions do not focus on religious literacy (as if that were teachable in 60 minutes) but rather on learning and practising useful techniques to increase awareness—in yourself and with others.

Other sessions in the series:

Objects of attention

Not those shoes! Issues with empathy and how to address them



Dr Daniel Weiss (Fellow of Darwin College)

Dr Daniel Weiss

Dr Daniel H. Weiss is Polonsky-Coexist Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies at the Faculty of Divinity and a longstanding supporter of the Cambridge Interfaith Programme. He is the co-editor of Scripture and Violence (Routledge, 2021) and the author of Modern Jewish Philosophy and the Ethics of Divine Violence (CUP, 2023).

Dr Julia Synder

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Dr Julia A. Snyder is Tutor in New Testament at Westcott House, Cambridge, and an affiliated lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity. As well as co-editing the Scripture and Violence collection, Julia led development of a suite of related discussion resources (hosted at Her research interests in early Christian and Jewish texts are matched by a practical concern with tackling anti-Jewish attitudes in Christian teaching and preaching.

Booking information

Try one session or book the whole series (discounted rate: £25 for 3 sessions). We will provide a certificate of attendance for anyone completing all sessions.

Option to discuss further over hot drinks and pastries. Refreshments included in £10 fee.

From £10


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