Bryan Fischer: We Don’t Know the Age of the Earth Because There Were No Witnesses

What’s better than Marco Rubio saying “I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that” when it comes to the age of the earth?

Hearing Christian fundamentalists Bryan Fischer and Terry Mortenson (of Answers in Genesis) explaining that of course no one can answer that question since no one was there to witness it!

But the Bible is completely true. Because all eyewitnesses are 100% reliable.

I guess we should also set free from jail all those murderers who were proven guilty because of forensic evidence even though there were no witnesses to their crimes…

The logic of Christians like this is so absurdly easy to debunk that it’s amazing how many millions of people take them seriously. There have never been good intellectual arguments supporting religious belief, but people like this just make that point so incredibly clear.

Since we’re talking about Rubio, though, it’s worth pointing out that President Obama once said something about the age of the earth that sounds very close to Rubio’s…:

Campbell Brown: If one of your daughters asked you — and maybe they already have — “Daddy, did god really create the world in 6 days?,” what would you say?

Barack Obama: I’m trying to remember if we’ve had this conversation. What I’ve said to them is that I believe that God created the universe and that the six days in the Bible may not be six days as we understand it — it may not be 24-hour days. And that’s what I believe. I know there’s always a debate between those who read the Bible literally and those who don’t, and that I think is a legitimate debate within the Christian community of which I’m a part. You know, my belief is that the story the Bible tells about God creating this magnificent Earth on which we live, that that is essentially true, that is fundamentally true. Now, whether it happened exactly as we might understand it reading the text of the Bible? That, you know, I don’t presume to know.

Granted, Obama wasn’t asked what the age of the earth was — he was asked how he would respond to his daughters — it’s still not a scientifically sound answer.

But here’s the difference in my mind. No one is worried that Obama would support schools teaching Biblical notions of the age of the earth. No one is worried that Obama is anti-science and pro-Bible. His mind isn’t that warped. He would support science. He has supported science. He will continue to support science, even if his budget decisions aren’t very promising in that regard. It’s not like he’s eagerly pushing for the Bible to become the only textbook kids need. (Plus, he was probably just pandering to a religious audience, saying what they wanted to hear even if he didn’t believe it himself.)

You need to look no further than the Texas board of education, Rep. Todd Akin, Rep. Paul Broun, Senator James Inhofe and just about every other elected GOP official to see how seriously that party takes scientific truth.

Rubio fits right into that mold. When he says there’s a debate regarding the age of the earth and that we ought to teach both sides, he means it. He wants the false controversy to be taught in schools, not just at home.

That’s why his comments are worth taking seriously and Obama’s are easy to dismiss.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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