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Read “Disagree, for God’s Sake! Jewish Philosophy, Truth and the Future of Dialogue” (Prof Robert Gibbs) and the responses given by Dr Daniel Weiss and by Prof Agata Bielik-Robson

Scripts from all three speakers can be accessed on this website. You may also choose to bookmark the main link -- the two responses are linked at the bottom of the lecture text: https://www.interfaith.cam.ac.uk/godssake

These lectures were prepared to celebrate the establishment of the Polonsky-Coexist Lectureship in Jewish Studies. It was created in 2011, as a permanent role in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge. 

Each lecturer quotes at least one Jewish religious text as part of their argument. You may find it helpful to re-read these source texts carefully.

  • Is the style of these texts familiar or distinctive when compared to religious texts you have seen or heard before?

The scholars also quote other sources and authorities.

  • What similarities and differences to you notice between these sources?
  • How is the content of these talks similar or different to your previous experience of religious argument and dialogue? 

Dr Weiss (the Polonsky-Coexist Senior Lecturer) is an important contributor to Cambridge Interfaith Programme.

  • How do you think the presence of a specialist in one religious tradition can benefit inter-religious understanding?

Submission: Send us a written response to this task (about 400 words). The response should be included as a separate attachment, alongside your Application Form.

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