Episode 49: The Time Traveler Strife

April 1, 2012

Featuring Matt Anderson, Daniel Butcher, and Koby Radcliffe

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6 comments on “Episode 49: The Time Traveler Strife

  1. Michael Apr 2, 2012

    Hey guys – good show, as always! I appreciate your chiming in on my comment (and, yeah, I’d admit that transcending time isn’t time travel per se – I kind of thought the question was whether Christians could enjoy time-travel fiction with a clear conscience or not, so maybe I was slightly off-topic); and I also liked the examination of whether time travel would be commendable or not. God may and does create good out of bad, but does that mean we should do bad so that God may create good out of it? Christian faith has rejected that view since Paul wrote Romans, at least (“Should we sin so that grace may abound? By no means!”). I do think some things are (or should be) “hands off,” because, while God may bring good out of it, it would be better for us not to get involved with them in the first place. Time travel, for all the potential misery it could cause (and causes in sci-fi all the time), may very well fall into that category.

    Or, as the President of the Federation says in Star Trek VI, just because we can do a thing doesn’t mean we must do a thing.

    Anyway, a very fun episode. Also, really enjoying Daniel’s tenure as co-host!

  2. There would be no travelling back to a time before the first time machine is built.

    Any travelling through time will also have to be a journey through space. It might seem like you’d be able to just adjust the controls on your DeLorean to 1955 and space would stand still around you as time moves – but think about it, the earth is not in the same place in 1955 as it is in 1985. Not only does it spin, it also revolves around the sun. So if you more through time only, and not through space, you could end up on the other side of the earth’s revolution around the sun!

    So to manage the journey through space and time, you’d need a kind of beacon to illuminate the way. That’s why I don’t think it would be possible to travel back to any time before the setting of the first beacon.

  3. Daniel Apr 5, 2012

    Ha! Bring your own weapons! Love it.

    Good point about traveling through space to, let’s face it things move.

  4. 7-18 Ace Apr 9, 2012

    I think time travel is theotetically possible. But I don’t think we will ever be able to do it.

    God doesn’t need to time travel.

  5. This was a great episode. Time travel is one of those things that really gets people’s imaginations going.

    I fall in line with Matt and Daniel and think that you cannot change the past. Travelling to the past from the future makes that event part of your past. It creates a time paradox.

    If you’re looking for a good show that covers time travel, check out Steins; Gate. It’s an anime series that I felt covered the subject very well. Unfortunately, it’s no longer available online legally. It was running over at Crunchyroll.com but they pulled it a few months ago.

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