Thursday, July 27, 2006

Nick Pollard and the simplicity of Christian thought

It is surprising how unsophisticated much Christian thought is

One well known British evangelist is Nick Pollard, and he was written a chapter which can be read here

I quote from it :- 'This is because something cannot be right or wrong without someone or something (whether outside or inside of us) declaring that thing to be right or wrong.'

Rape is not wrong, unless somebody or something declares it to be wrong? And obviously, there is nothing to stop God declaring rape to be right. According to Nick Pollard, rape is neither right nor wrong until God declares it one or the other. And if God declares rape to be right, then there is no wrongness about rape to contradict that declaration.


On Nick Pollard's view, morality is as subjective as the names Adam chose for the animals.

Adam declared one big cat to be called a lion and another to be called a tiger, but he could easily have named them the other way around. After all, this is because something cannot be named 'lion' or 'tiger' without someone or something (whether outside or inside of us) declaring that thing to be named 'lion' or 'tiger'.

And God could have declared rape to be right and charity to be wrong. 'This is because something cannot be right or wrong without someone or something (whether outside or inside of us) declaring that thing to be right or wrong.'

3 Comments:

Blogger Boo said...

"Rape is not wrong, unless somebody or something declares it to be wrong?"

If the victim does not declare it to be wrong then it's not rape.

5:26 AM  
Blogger Steven Carr said...

Presumably , if the victim does not declare it to be wrong, then it is not murder.

5:56 AM  
Blogger Boo said...

Nope, rape is just a bad example for this point. Rape is nonconsensual sex. If the victim does not believe the sex was wrong, then the victim effectively consents. Therefore rape by definition has to be considered wrong to be rape.

The more general flaw is in assuming God's declarations of right and wrong are arbitrary.

2:20 PM  

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