That is bizarre. It took 15 minutes to load my new thread and then it didn’t post the text! Good thing I pulled an old control-c before I submitted. Here is what should have been the OP:
Say a discovery is made tomorrow that reveals that a record of everything that has happened is stored in every part of reality (a holographic universe), and we are able to build a past viewer. Let’s say the resolution is 5 million years. That is to say you can pick any point in time and space and view what was going on there at any time within the limits. You can plug in Tuesday at your house 3 years ago and see yourself doing laundry. The device works.
Now, pretty quickly they turn the device to history and religion. They are able to document and record the entire life of Jesus and everyone else in the bible. It turns out no miracles ever happened. No wine to water, no global flood, no parting of the red sea, no healing of blind people, no Adam and Eve. Some of the people in the bible were real, some were composites of many different people. Everyone turns out to be just a human, Jesus included. The viewer reveals he lived, preached, and died horribly - but was never resurrected. Human ancestry can be traced in a direct line back to more primitive primates - our ancestors.
Through much work, they are able to trace back the origins of all the stories in the bible and none of the supernatural events ever occured - all superstition and storytelling.
Now, would you still believe? It would seem a rational person would no longer accept the sentiments in that book as fact. If I can go and confirm that the device works by looking up my own history, and then look at the rest of history with the aforementioned results, then there is no reason to rationally believe any of it anymore. Of course, something tells me their are many who would not have the intellectual honesty to accept it. I can imagine several responses:
The past viewer is the work of the devil/demons!
The past viewer is a test from god - maintain belief!
All evidence is false because I FEEL god so he MUST exist despite any evidence that could be found ever!
I am interested in hearing how any rational person could maintain faith no matter how strong evidence against their religion may eventually become. I am not interested in hearing things like “Well no one will ever invent anything like that so it will never happen!” or “The past viewer WOULD find the miracles.” It’s a thought excercise, you have to take the viewer and it’s findings as a given.
For a very interesting take on the concept of past viewers read Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Light of Other Days”. When they go to do the research on Jesus they call it the 12,000 days project and 12,000 people are hired for the project. Each one gets a day of Jesus’s life to observe and document. The data is the used to create a true biography of the man who so influenced the world. Very interesting stuff. How would it work out?