OK, perhaps it will take more than merely "sound moral principles and
appropriate science/technology" to avoid a "short but violent ride" into the
future. We could list other human qualities that would be helpful, and we
could add something regarding the human response to our awareness of divine
expectations. We could also, of course, say something about the benefits of
divine guidance and grace, although we had better be prepared to be
authentically respectful of the way in which that guidance and grace is
experienced by religions other than Christianity.
But I submit that relying on the expectation that "the Lord will intervene
in time, before we descend too far into the abyss" could easily serve as an
excuse for human sloth and failure to act responsibly.
If that's the way evolution is to proceed, we can expect a short, but
violent ride, I'm afraid. Relying on "sound moral principle and appropriate
science/technology" is, IMHO, wishful thinking. With increased competition
for diminishing resources, moral principles will be flying out of the
window, if they have not already done so. I agree that the human race will
be able to evaluate the effects of its behaviour, but the time delays of
natural systems is such that there may not be enough time to respond. I'm
not as pessimistic as Richard Duncan, and don't expect that humankind will
regress into an Olduvai-type society, but it won't be pretty. Hopefully, the
Lord will intervene in time, before we descend too far into the abyss.
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