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

Oil companies are not telling the truth about their carbon emissions.

The Big Book of Magic Stuff of Christians and the Big Book of Magic Stuff of Buddhism (but not any other Big Book of Magic Stuff) and Shakespeare, all agree that this is bad. The correct Big Book of Magic Stuffs all agree that public bodies must be democratically accountable and transparent in their dealings. They go on and on and on about it. There are just so many relevant quotes that I don’t know where to begin.

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

  1. “It’s important to be truthful – I know this for a fact because two mutually contradictory and mutually blasphemous religions which both by definition cannot be true say so.”

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  2. I just can’t make up my mind. Is Christianity best, or Buddhism? It’s all so complicated, and even worse, they both say things that everyone already knows whether you believe in the supernatural or not.
    As I believe Shakespeare once wrote of public bodies that hide the truth about themselves (he might have been thinking of a particular church), “One may pray and pray and be a villain.”
    If only we could see things as they are.

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  3. “Big Book of Magic Stuffs” or “Big Books of Magic Stuff”?

    Pedantic? Yes, quite probably. But wars have started over similar.

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  4. Dr Harris tells us about public institutions that “falsify the record” and “present a false image of themselves”; and about individuals who “hide the truth about themselves”, and who need to “face the truth and then forgive” themselves. Now, which institutions and which individuals does that remind us of?

    Interesting that Buddhism should have come up with an analogy rather like the one about whited sepulchres, only about 600 years earlier. Could they, by any chance, be related?

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