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When written with a lower case a, acts is merely the plural of act. And the singular form with a capital A, i.e., Act, generally refers to a specific piece of legislation passed by a government. But Acts, plural and capital A, is the second book of the New Testament of the Christian Bible. And what the hell is it doing here?

I don’t mean here in this Web site. The goal of this Web site is to provide comments or on or vaguely related to every word or phrase listed in the New Penguin English Dictionary (1986). Acts is there, so Acts is here.

What I meant to ask is why is a book of the bible in the dictionary? Atheists and people who believe in other religions (I fall into the atheist category) mostly believe that the New Testament is a work of fiction. Atheists and people of non-Abrahamic faiths also believe that the Old Testament is a work of fiction, but that’s irrelevant here.

My point is, why does what the majority of the world’s population believes to be fiction warrant an entry in the dictionary? If Acts is there, why not War and Peace or, one of my favorites, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “trilogy” in five parts. (If you don’t know why trilogy is in quotes, you might want to look up trilogy in the dictionary or wait until I get there in a few decades. Considering that I’m 60 as I write this, looking it up in a dictionary might be the better choice.)

Acts tells the story of the early Christian church. Oh, now I get it. So Acts is basically a promo piece for Christianity. That makes sense. The Christian church probably paid a placement fee to get it in the dictionary. Yeah, that’s probably it.

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