Posted by Elizabeth on November 14, 1999, at 23:00:16
In reply to Re: Depression, Evolution (CC), posted by CC on November 13, 1999, at 16:59:42
> If you could prove God exists, there would be no need for "faith".
Well, exactly; it's an untestable hypothesis. (And do we really have need for it? Laplace didn't....)
> I think Christians generally beleive that without faith, nothing can be accomplished.
Plenty of people have accomplished great things without needing to appeal to an object of religious faith.
> The good thing about Mainstream Christianity is that you have something besides your own personal experiences to guide you, the Scripture and the hierarchical higher ups.
Appeals to authority aren't inherently bad, but I think it is a good idea to look at where the authorities' opinions came from. If you can't find good reasons there, then arguably they should not really be considered "authorities."
> What about my question, do you think "man" is capable of solving the problems currently facing us?
An answer to this rather broad question would require a lengthy dissertation! Briefly, though, I don't necessarily expect all problems to be solved by humanity, certainly not in my lifetime.
One question is, is it possible for people to *accept* that some problems will go unsolved? (Any Buddhists out there?)