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Ruth Scott

Determining when religious language is being used or abused is notoriously difficult, not least because the orthodox line on usage may well have more to do with power politics and prejudice than truth. Ruth ventures to suggest the term 'God' is widely abused since people of faith try to pin down what it means when in reality it signifies that which is beyond understanding. She also notes that the desire for clear definitions may result from a need in an insecure world for simple security rather than complex truth. She discusses how the language of faith is more like the language of art rather than that of science and explores the power of imaginative language to convey truth. She concludes that religious language may well say more about our journeys as human beings than the reality we call 'God'.

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Marc Saperstein and Ruth Scott

Sara Lipton, Dark Mirror: The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography, New York, Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2014, xxi + 390 pp., ISBN 978-0-8050-7910-4 (hardback), ISBN 978-0-8050-960109 (electronic book), £22.00.

Rabbi Dr Barbara Borts and Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah (eds), Women Rabbis in the Pulpit: A Collection of Sermons, Kulmus Publishing, 2015, ISBN 978-0-9880539-3-9, £9.99

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Questions to the Millennium

2000, 5760, 1420?

Michael Hilton, Ruth Scott and Amira Shamma Abdin

The Annual Jewish-Christian-Muslim Student conference, jointly organised by the Leo Baeck College, the Hedwig Dransfeld Haus and the Deutsche Muslim Liga (Bonn), celebrated its twenty-seventh anniversary with a reflection on the theme of the Millennium – or rather the different 'ages' of the three monotheistic religions. The speakers were asked to reflect on where their religions were in terms of their historic development and where they were personally in their own religious lives.