Roger Pearse, who has written in a consistent to the right of Tony Perkins manner for a while now, has entered the fray over attempted marginalization of Dr. Rollston by Dr. Blowers. In between his conspiracy theories of corporate control, of sinister plots, and the such, Pearse suggests that Rollston’s main crime is that he does not take Scripture as the final authority:
Considering the nature of the article that Dr Rollston has published, I would hope that this is so. For that article makes pretty clear that, to him (at least as edited by the Huffington Post), the bible is not the final authority of faith and morals.
If Scripture is the final authority, then the rapist will as his reward, instead of jail time, the victim. Let us also consider the stoning of children deemed unruly. Or, what we would do to the blemished amongst us. But, let us move slightly past the literalist fallacy. Let us consider how we are actually one of many authorities.
What do I mean by that? First, we decide what part of Scripture to listen too. If are truly honest, we know that we do not take Leviticus as seriously as we do 1 Corinthians. Now, we can recreate the application, such as an ecological fascination with holiness and purity. However, this only shows that we do are the final authority on what to take as a guide to morality. Further, Christians differ on the role Scripture plays in our lives. Or, perhaps, some or simply more aware of the role Tradition actually plays in formulating Christian doctrine and perceptions.
If you continue to read Pearse’s arguments, you will not that he is quick to connect Rollston to the Nazi’s. It would seem that Pearse’s fascination with Nazi Germany is almost Girardian in nature, but I will let others decide that. His idea of a final authority fits well with some of Horney’s observations. Again, however, that should be discussed within a broader audience.
Anyway… back to this issue of final authority. It is a logical fallacy. What do I mean? Simple. What Roger sees as one moral or biblical value another will it a different way. Trust me, you could not get more “biblical values” conservative or what not that I was for over three decades. Roger is his own final authority, and if given the control, his final authority would be the final solution.