So I’ve been watching a lot of Doctor Who lately - which is an awesome show - and it’s made me think about what would actually happen if humans figured out honest-to-goodness-works-like-in-sci-fi time travel.
Because really, the ability to time travel would call up an insane amount of moral questions, many of which have already been touched on by various science fiction stories. Take Doctor Who, for example. I mean, what WOULD be the right thing to do if you found yourself in Pompeii the day before the volcano erupted? A few thousand people alive instead of dead could drastically alter history. This is assuming, of course, that the course of time could be changed at all. Perhaps it would work on the Time-Turner model of time travel, in which there is one unchanging timeline and anything you would have changed going back into the past already happened before you went back.
But if you could indeed “change the timeline,” what sort of religious implications would that have? Does that mean you made a change in God’s master plan? Would it be hubris, saying to God that you know better than He does what should have happened in the grand scheme of things?
Let the thread begin!