I take it you've never heard of fundamentalism. Same thing, as far as I'm concerned. Doesn't matter to me who's doing the arguing. If the premise is based on unfounded notions, it's still irrational. No it doesn't for 2 reasons: 1) People will usually just say what they think is expected of them, for social reasons, and this is not necessarily the truth. Actions speak louder than words. I have found that people will do surprising things in the right circumstances. 2) The scenarios presented are so outlandish that they never happen in real life, so they don't actually simulate anything. This has nothing to do with theology. What I mean is that it's pointless to argue stupidity with an idiot. As far as the archbishop is concerned, I really have no idea whether he's religious or not. As I said, people will often lie.