|Talk-show host Frank Pastore has done it again. (Read about the first wild pitch here). In his most recent Townhall.com column, Pastore offers a fallacy-riddled and uncharitable assessment of J. P. Moreland's recent ETS paper, which I wrote about on this blog last month.|
Pastore begins his assault on Moreland this way: “His [Moreland’s] main point is rather non-controversial: The Bible is not the sole source but the ultimate source of knowledge, meaning that there are realms of knowledge outside the Bible. No one denies this.” Hmm. According to Pastore, he’s got no problem with Moreland’s main argument. So then, what is Pastore’s problem? Well, he seems to be upset by Moreland’s charge that Evangelicals are over-committed to the Bible when he says, “How can one be ‘over-committed’ to the Word of God?”
Now pause for a moment. In the very next sentence, Pastore reminds us that Moreland is “a wordsmith who crafts language carefully.” Very true. As a philosopher, Moreland is careful to be precise and in his paper he defines over-commitment to the Bible this way: “The sense I have in mind is the idea that the Bible is the sole source of knowledge of God, morality, and a host of related important items. Accordingly, the Bible is taken to the be the sole source of authority for faith and practice."
Sound familiar? The sense in which Moreland is using over-commitment is exactly what Pastore said was “non-controversial.” Indeed, it’s so uncontroversial “no one denies this.” Yet, a few paragraphs later he indicates that’s the very thing he’s upset at Moreland for. So Frank, which is it? Such equivocation is almost inconceivable from someone with Pastore’s training in philosophy. Furthermore, Moreland clarifies over-commitment by stating that “one could never be too committed to loving, obeying and promoting Holy Scripture.” Pastore rightly points out Moreland’s precision with language and he would do well to follow Moreland’s lead.