I have every basic conviction that understanding the dimensions and levels and planes of the cosmos, and the cycles of this samsara structure, is enfolded within Right Understanding (view). There is a point to these teachings, and it is a point related to the method of self-therapy that the Buddha taught, that he indeed was, that his personality indeed is. Now, as far as geography is concerned, certainly. Outside the Noble Eightfold Path.
I'm not inclined to think that Alex's faith is blind, it's just that it seems as though it might be.
In this statement: "It is unfortunate how some people choose to believe and take it on faith what the scientists say about the world, and don't believe The Buddha." Alex may be standing on a faith that is not blind.
And in this statement: "If the Buddha has said it, I trust Him rather than worldlings (who often have financial reasons for their theories). That settles it." Although these are common mental processes of blind faith, Alex may still be standing on a faith that is not blind.
But what I'd like to say here is that Alex wasn't responding to the topic in this questionable post, not in either of these statements. I do wonder why he didn't respond to the question--which is a decent question I think (as I responded to it). It seems like he wanted to pose a feud or something to that effect.
If he is standing on blind faith, then that's sad, but I've never heard of anyone convincing somebody of blind faith of anything.
If he isn't standing on blind faith, then it will be revealed promptly, for the truth cannot be long hidden, as the sun and the moon cannot.
Sometimes no Buddhas arise in the world. Sometimes they do. When it happens, it is for the welfare and happiness of men, out of compassion for all creatures. For a long, long time he has been working to become a Buddha. He met other Buddhas along the way. And after his long striving he attains his final life, yet not without showing everyone else how to get there.