I would like to offer a thought experiment. Suppose you were in the position of deciding if a time-viewing machine sould be constructed. Let’s suppose that such a machine would only be usable for viewing the “dead” past, say only events which are at least a 100 years old. (I am not interested in the inherent paradoxes of actual time-travel, only a passive viewing of the past, and I want to avoid the problems in Asimov’s wonderful story: “The dead past”.)
If such a project would be successful, everyone could ascertain whether the events described in the Bible were factual or not. There are of course two outcomes:
- The Bible is basically correct in describing all those events (creation, miracles, resurrection, ascention to heaven, etc…) and
- the Bible is basically just a collection of tales.
Either way this machine would destroy the need for faith. We would know the events, and knowledge precludes any need for faith.
Whould you decide to allow such a machine to be constructed, knowing that there is a probability of proving the Bible incorrect, and as such destroying religion? Or would you decide to suppress such an experiment? And of course the most important question: why?