Dr Elizabeth Harris, Honorary Research Fellow, Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, University of Birmingham

And in the Big News today from a Faith Perspective, what would you take if your house was on fire? Which brings me to Buddhism and Christianity. Aren’t they brilliant. It’s all so, … so spiritual.



5 thoughts on “Dr Elizabeth Harris, Honorary Research Fellow, Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, University of Birmingham

  1. Wild fires raging through California. What does that make me think about? Why ME of course! Let me tell you about my deep internal, if theoretical, struggles. What’s that; there are real people in those fires and a myriad of real issues both practical, political and philosophical? Well don’t bother me with that, I’m busy here virtue signalling. Doing my bit to further the public understanding of religion.


  2. It’s often the case that people who tell you off for worrying about possessions are pretty comfortably placed themselves. People who actually don’t have many possessions aren’t spiritually enhanced: they’re just poor, and often cold and hungry as well.

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of the Edward Cadbury Centre (soft or hard centre, I wonder?) for the Public Understanding of Religion. Judging by the way church membership is in freefall, it isn’t doing a very good job. Or, looked at another way, it’s doing a fantastic job.


    1. My first thought: Edward Cadbury Centre – caution, may contain nuts.
      But then, on reflection: Cadbury, Rowntree, Fry: three famous Quaker families with a history of social reform (Bournville, temperance and prison visiting spring immediately to mind) so perhaps there is more to consider.And then she went and spoiled it with her talk. Her message, “I could leave my burning home with nothing because I can afford to” does not really seem very deep.


  3. Hi, I am from The Hans Christian Andersen and Brothers Grimm Centre for the Public Understanding of Belief in Fairies. The centre was established to enhance the public understanding of fairies regionally, nationally and internationally through distinctive, strategic and engaged interdisciplinary research. We deliver innovative, impact-driven and internationally-excellent research exploring the significance of belief in fairies (and all other mythical beings), working with faith-in-fairies communities and policy makers to develop informed agendas for social transformation.

    Sounds weird doesn’t it? But just change a few words and you get a real university department. And being a respected member of that department you get a spot on national radio to spout your belief in the supernatural. Can I go on tomorrow please as I have much to say about the role of naughty leprechauns in creating woodland fires. Or was it BigFoot? They can’t just have started naturally can they?


  4. Some TftD “contributors” infamously compartmentalise their co-existing devotion to the supernatural and to science; this one somehow thinks she can get away with trying it with two mutually-contradictory religions – and as if it doesn’t beg any questions.


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