Reader James reminded me about Prince Charles’ desire (recently criticized) to be "Defender of Faith" rather than "Defender of the Faith" (ie the Christian and specifically non-Roman Catholic faith), as previous monarchs have been obliged to swear.
Of course, “faith” means “belief although there is no evidence to support that belief”, and often (as I think Richard Dawkins put it), belief even in the teeth of contradictory evidence. It basically means you believe in superstitions, or are credulous. I guess “defender of credulity” wouldn’t sound so good, even if technically accurate. But we have known for a while that Brian believes in many things not supported by evidence: homeopathy (in fact all sorts of quackery), and astrology spring to mind. Now he wants to make it official. Good for him! Although, based on his support for therapies that don’t work, I suggest “Defender of Faith Healing” would be a better title. Perhaps I’ll email the Archbishop of Canterbury and see what he thinks.
Incidentally, if I recall my history correctly, “Defender of the Faith” originally meant “Defender of the Roman Catholic Faith”, until Henry VIII took the title to mean “Defender of the non-Roman Catholic Faith”. Henry had problems with wives surplus to requirements, and he had a novel way of getting a divorce from the first one – he started his own religion. Perhaps Charles wants to emulate Henry: see Prince Charles- "My Twin Passions, Homeopathy and Infidelity." Now it begins to make sense (sort of).
Homeopathy works! No, really.