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Faculty of Divinity

Faculty of Divinity at the Festival of Ideas

Think about religion in lots of different ways at this year's Festival of Ideas. There are talks, debates and workshops for all ages organised by members of the Faculty of Divinity. Follow the links below for more information:

Faith and education: an uneasy partnership
Wednesday 21 October: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
St John's College, Palmerston Room, St John’s Street, CB2 1TP
DEBATE This will focus on the place of faith in education, a question of special relevance in the light of changing cultural dynamics of religion and secularity in British public life. 

Scriptural Reasoning Workshop 
Wednesday 21 October: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Michaelhouse Centre, Michaelhouse Cafe, Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1SU
WORKSHOP: Interested in inter-faith dialogue? Come and join us for an interactive and thought-provoking evening of reading and reflecting together on passages from the Muslim, Jewish and Christian scriptures, otherwise known as Scriptural Reasoning. People of all and no faiths welcome. 

The Book of Psalms and the Power of Songs for People's Emotions
Thursday 22 October: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Divinity, Faculty of, West Road, CB3 9BS
TALK Learn about the instruments and background of Jewish worship, and see how these songs still shape the hearts of people. 

What makes superheroes tick?
Saturday 24 October: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Divinity, Faculty of, West Road, CB3 9BS
DROP-IN Consider the what drives The 99 (young, comic-book/television superheroes from around the world) and other superheroes, how these qualities relate to religious moral codes, and use them to design your own superhero.

The trouble with recognizing angels: a workshop
Saturday 24 October: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Divinity, Faculty of, West Road, CB3 9BS
WORKSHOP We will look at where our ideas about where angels come from and find out whether you can spot an angel by watching it eat, and discover what the Angel of the Lord and Darth Vader have in common. 

Masada and the Jewish revolt against Rome
Saturday 24 October: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Divinity, Faculty of, West Road, CB3 9BS
TALK Join us for an overview of the First Jewish War against Rome (66 – 74 CE), beginning with a background of the conflict with the Greek world in the Maccabean Revolt, the destruction of the Temple (66-70 CE) and the last stand of Masada.

Brevity is the soul of wit: role-playing proverbs
Saturday 24 October: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Divinity, Faculty of, West Road, CB3 9BS
WORKSHOP What are proverbs, and how do they work? Turn an adage into a skit and discover how age-old wisdom stands the test of time.

New Atheism in 17th century England?
Wednesday 28 October: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Divinity, Faculty of, West Road, CB3 9BS
TALK Explore early modern perceptions of atheism by peering through the eyes of the major 17th century Cambridge thinkers known to us today as the Cambridge Platonists.