Pat Robertson on Creationism

From CNN.com, a report about Pat Robertson’s response to a questioner:

In a submitted question, the viewer wrote that one of her biggest fears was that her children and husband would not go to heaven “because they question why the Bible could not explain the existence of dinosaurs.”

“You go back in time, you’ve got radiocarbon dating. You got all these things, and you’ve got the carcasses of dinosaurs frozen in time out in the Dakotas,” Robertson said. “They’re out there. So, there was a time when these giant reptiles were on the Earth, and it was before the time of the Bible. So, don’t try and cover it up and make like everything was 6,000 years. That’s not the Bible.”

Before answering the question, Robertson acknowledged the statement was controversial by saying, “I know that people will probably try to lynch me when I say this.”

“If you fight science, you are going to lose your children, and I believe in telling them the way it was,” Robertson concluded.

Forty-six percent of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form at one point within the past 10,000 years, according to a survey released by Gallup in June. That number has remained unchanged for the past 30 years, since 1982, when Gallup first asked the question on creationism versus evolution.

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  • AHH

    The article does not tell us whether this is a departure from anything previously advocated by Robertson. There have always been Christians, even quite conservative ones, who had no problems with an old Earth. Maybe Robertson is one of them, joining for example Charles Hodge, WJ Bryan, Schofield, and Billy Graham.
    Maybe the interesting thing is that young-earth creationism has such a stranglehold over conservative evangelicalism (at least in the perception of those looking from the outside) that it seems newsworthy when a perceived leader in that movement does not hold such a view.

  • http://transformingseminarian.blogspot.com Mark Baker-Wright

    I have to confess that I’m quite surprised to see that the number of those who believe in human creation within the past 10,000 is so high (46%? Really?), but do note that the form of the question asked may well be a determining factor here. I suspect more folks might answer a question phrased something like “Did God create humans in their present form at one point within the past 10,000 years” in the affirmative than would admit to believing that the world (indeed, the universe) itself is less than 10,000 years old, which is also a primary tenet of “young-earth creationism.”

  • Jag

    The saddest thing is a parent who believes their child will go to hell for believing in evolution. I cannot imagine how such an education would handicap a child. When did faith in the Bible replace faith in Jesus Christ?

  • Larry S

    Our brother Denny Burke often posts on some of the crazy things Robertson says. Robertson has been saying some outlandish things. I happen to agree with Robertson on the science/bible thing. Unfortunately of late he has been a bit of a nut.

  • nathan

    the age of miracles is still upon us.

  • Glenn

    I have no idea why this is a story. Billy Graham said basically the same thing years ago and he IS the evangelical standard. My wife went to Regent University years ago (founded by Pat) and didn’t know one professor that subscribed to six day young earth creationism.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Glenn, it is a big thing in many denominations: My own (LCC) just ran an anti-evolution article in the Church periodical, saying between the lines that if you are anything but YEC, you don’t really believe the Scriptures. This approach is common in the LCMS, and official in WELS.

    Then, this is very much the rule in the SBC, as well as the plethora of more fundamentalist baptist types, and others such denominations.

    The PCA allows for more than one view, as do the Orthodox and others.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Needless to say, this makes my position very uncomfortable. My own pastor knows I’m a Theistic Evolutionist. But very few others… and in blog forums where there are other Lutherans of the more conservative type present (LCMS, WELS), I find myself constantly under fire. Some are YEC’ist, but many ascribe to some sort of Omphalos-theory, which is even worse, both from an epistemological and a theological p.o.v.

  • Patrick

    Maybe Roberston has figured out that Genesis 1 isn’t about the literal beginning of all creation EX Nihilo? Once you realize that, dinosaurs and ancient earth and such make sense.

  • unapologetic catholic

    Big deal for Southern Baptists and Albert Mohler:

    http://www.icr.org/article/5669/

  • E.G.

    “…carcasses of dinosaurs frozen in time out in the Dakotas…”

    Whatever else he is (and he is at least correct on the idea of an old earth… I certainly have minor and major quibbles with some of his other ideas), snippets like that prove that he’s a preacher/poet at heart.

  • http://mikesnow.org Michael Snow

    After so many foul balls, it’s good to see Robertson finally hit one over the fence.
    The Christian Post followed up the Robertson story with an upset Ken Hamm However YECs may interpret the six days, Genesis does not begin at verse three.
    http://textsincontext.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/in-the-beginning/

  • http://mikesnow.org Michael Snow

    Well, I guess Mohler, linked above by No. 10, also skips the first two verses: “Of all of these options, only a 24-hour day creation necessitates a young earth.”

  • rvs

    Thanks for covering this story. So many of us in Christiandom are tired of the my-way-or-the-highway theological bullying that accompanies some (or most) of the new earth creationist arguments.

  • Rain

    I’ve seen Robertson preach Young Earth creationism before. It was one of those deals where he goes to the chalk board and pretends like he’s a professor, like how Glenn Beck and Carl Baugh does. And he cited Bishop Ussher as an authority too. So yeah it’s a departure for him. I’ve also seen him hint at the Bible not being inerrant due to the mean nasty stuff in the Old testament. He said something like “Well, it was written by men.” Basically you never know what the heck he is going to say about anything.

  • http://patheos.com jason greene

    Pat Robertson never ceases to amaze me. The link to AL Mohler just makes it abundantly clear how irrelevant the SBC is becoming, especially if this is where most of there thinking lies. I am still an evangelical but only in the strictest sense. The good news of Jesus, all else is speculation and a waste of time…..

  • http://patheos.com jason greene

    their not there typo above sorry

  • Darrin Snyder Belousek

    For once, I heartily agree with Pat Robertson! He’s hit the proverbial nail on the noggin: if we fight science, and insist that by “faith” we have the “biblical” truth about natural history despite all the evidence of our God-given sense and reason to the contrary (a la Al Mohler), then young adults will inevitably choose science over faith and leave the church. I see this in the college classroom and hear about it from my students–it happens way too often.

    Interestingly, and ironically, such a view as Robertson expressed is anything but “liberal”–it is quite conservative. Whether he realizes it or not, Robertson is echoing St. Augustine, who in his treatise On the Literal Meaning of Genesis warned Christians that asserting that we know the way the world really is from reading the Bible, and hence rejecting what natural science says because it conflicts with a “literal” reading of Genesis (which Augustine himself questioned!), will only bring discredit on the Bible and disrepute on the church–for, after all, the pagans are not stupid but can know the world for themselves by sense and reason, and so will reject the witness of Christians to the truth of the gospel.

  • Carolyn

    Pat Robertson should be familiar with the scripture which says that a DAY is like a ” thousand years ” to God, and a Thousand YEARS is like a ” day ” ! ( 2 Peter 3:8 ). It is not reasonable to think that God created the heavens and earth in 6 literal days, but perhaps in 6,000 years ! To have done that would have amounted to ” bang ” ! If a building requires planned designs, and reasonable time to build, then so did the UNIVERSE ! Earth is more than a billion years old, but Man was created 5773 years ago ( which represents the Jewish New Year for 2013 ). Man could not have co-existed with the dinosaurs ! The Bible speaks of the Leviathan, a amazing creation, a reptilian . . . Job 41:1- 34; Isaiah 27:1 )


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