stockingfull wrote:Let me try to put it another way.
My hypothesis, and creationism, and the vast bulk of the rest of the Bible are, by that definition, "unsubstantiated" -- that is, they are stated without supporting evidence of their validity.
That point in that context is well taken.
Let put my earlier statement in anothe context as well, opinions based on ones religion ( such as the ones expressed above) and formed based on their teachings need not be "substantiated" becuase they are based on "Faith". To have Faith is to believe, to question fine, but Faith asks you to embrace that of which was taught. There are all kinds of things the Religions hold out as undiable truths. Some ( I presume you being in the group of skeptics) demand scintific evidence without anyother prerequisites other than the hypothesis and supporting evidence. Faith would not, and could not play any role and would actually ruin the argument supporting your reasons.
Faith is the very foundation, without it Religion would fail to exist, and I'm more than certain that you understand that.
Regettably, I lost my interest in organized fellowship years ago and trends are pointing downwards (except Islam) but I've not abandoned the idea of Faith in a power higher than us.