Debate: As a Creationist, What Would You Do If Time Travel Were to Prove the Validity of the Evolutionary Model?

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This is a purely hypothetical question, seeing as it has not yet been shown that mankind has the ability to construct a time machine. If this were possible, however, and natural history could be studied firsthand, and it were found that the evolutionary model is more or less correct and that no creation ever occurred, what would you, as a creationist, do to reconcile your religious beliefs with reality? --IlTrovatore 12:05, 19 June 2008 (EDT)

This is an absurd debate topic. It would be like the prosecution in a murder trial asking the defendant "If you did commit the murder, how would you have done it?" What possible use would any answer be other than to twist the defendant's words? Besides, we could better ask the Darwinist what he will do when he dies and finds himself before God and is compelled to answer why he was teaching falsehood. Dr. Richard Paley 13:35, 19 June 2008 (EDT)

This is kind of silly. If we hypothetically had time travel available to us, then why not simply go back to the life of Jesus? We could see firsthand if He did miracles, was resurrected, etc. That's more vital to Christianity than the Genesis issue. Even if the Genesis story isn’t literal that doesn’t destroy Christianity. But if Christ isn’t resurrected, then, as Paul put it “our faith is in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:14.) Ultimahero 13:56, 19 June 2008 (EDT)

I wouldn't agree that this an absurd debate topic. I wanted to raise the question of what those with faith would do if they were to discover that their faith was unfounded (I am not excepting myself from this question). Perhaps I ought to rephrase it like that: what if time travel were to demonstrate that the basis of your religious beliefs was an untruth? --IlTrovatore 20:34, 19 June 2008 (EDT)

That's why it's silly, though. Even if evolution is true, that doesn't negate Christianity. It just means that Genesis wasn't meant to be literal. That was why I said it would make more sense to go to the time that Jesus was on the Earth. If He did indeed do miracles, was resurrected, etc., then He is who He said He was. But if you find out it's not true, the you give it up. Simple as that. Ultimahero 23:24, 19 June 2008 (EDT)

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