Even Pat Robertson Is Piling On

Among the people unimpressed with Ken Ham's performance yesterday is televangelist, and former Republican Presidential candidate, Pat Robertson:

In a video of his appearance on the 700 Club TV program, captured by Right Wing Watch, Robertson reacted to the debate between Ham and Nye by reiterating his previously stated belief that Young Earth Creationism is false.

“There ain't no way that's possible,” he said, referring to the belief put forth by Bishop James Ussher that the earth is 6,000 years old.

“We have skeletons of dinosaurs that go back 65 million years,” Robertson stated. “To say it all dates back to 6,000 years is just nonsense.”

And later:

Robertson went on to say that Ussher “was just off"” with his estimation of 6,000 years for the age of the earth.

“Let's be real,” he said. “Let's not make a joke of ourselves.”

When you've lost Pat Robertson...

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Pat Robertson, who famously declared, live on TV on 9/11/2001 as the towers fell, that it was God's punishment of America for tolerating homosexuals and abortions.

If there is a Christian hell, may he have a reserve seat in a section with lots of sulphur fumes.

Robertson isn't the only Christian who has a low opinion of Ham's Biblical scholarship. I'm glad to see him pushing back on this issue, even if I don't agree with him on most other issues.

I won't blame Abp. Ussher, whose estimate was based on the science that was known at the time, for coming up with an answer in that ballpark (however, I will criticize his excessive precision). But science has advanced a bit since then, and I doubt he would come up with a similar answer if he were to attempt the same calculation today.

By Eric Lund (not verified) on 06 Feb 2014 #permalink