Now I look at it, I find my quote from Anthony Kenny looks rather hyperbolic. I mean, back in prehistory, when people started to feel compelled to find explanations for why the world around them was the way that it was, the activities of supernatural beings behind the scenes must have actually been the most plausible one, given the amount and kind of information available.
I became quite curious about how the question was phrased, and I found the whole questionnaire here.
Q23. What is the first book of the NEW Testament?
Acts of the Apostles 3%
Don’t know 39%
Prefer not to say 1%
With that amount of prompting, I'm a bit more surprised than I was before that so many didn't know. And I love that 1%.
There are larger questions here I think about what Christianity actually is, and how far you're allowed to self-identify.
If, as was suggested by Fraser, one can simply "self-identify" as a "christian" (or should that be Christian ?) without believing in what are supposed to be the basic tenets of Christianity then it becomes more than a little ridiculous.
"Diabolists in the CofE" ???
I guess there must be a few "theological grey areas" ????
"Prefer not to say"????!!!!
On the contrary: The judge knows that the atheist cannot have a holy day because he is an unbeliever so he uses the holy book ( the Old Testament) of the Christian and Jew to look for a way of treating him as fairly as possible and finds a neat solution in the Book of Psalms. The atheist's problem is not that the judge has been subjective in his judgement but will be getting the State to declare April 1st a public holiday or persuading his employer to give him the day off!!