Pat Robertson rejects Young Earth Creationism, attacks Ken Ham

Even Pat Robertson thinks Young Earth Creationism is a joke. The popular televangelist and Christian conservative denounced Young Earth Creationist leader Ken Ham on his television program today, claiming Ham had made “a joke” of Christian conservatives with his performance in last night’s debate with Bill Nye.

On his television program, the 700 Club, Robertson said:

Let’s face it, there was a bishop [Ussher] who added up the dates listed in Genesis and he came up with the world had been around for 6,000 years. There ain’t no way that’s possible. To say that it all came about in 6,000 years is just nonsense and I think it’s time we come off of that stuff and say this isn’t possible.

We’ve got to be realistic that the dating of Bishop Ussher just doesn’t comport with anything that is found in science and you can’t just totally deny the geological formations that are out there.

This is not the first time Robertson has admitted that the earth is much older than Biblical creationists are willing to admit. In November of 2012 Robertson admitted that Dinosaurs walked the earth long before the Bible was written and told his conservative Christian audience that science is right, and “if you fight science, you’re going to lose your children.”

Robertson was responding to a viewer who wrote that her “biggest fear is to not have my children and husband next to me in God’s Kingdom” because they question why the Bible could not explain the existence of dinosaurs.

Robertson replied:

Look, I know that people will probably try to lynch me when I say this, but Bishop Ussher wasn’t inspired by the Lord when he said that it all took 6,000 years. It just didn’t. 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.

Even a broken clock is right twice a day, and on this particular matter, Robertson is right. Young Earth Creationism is silly, and makes the conservative Christians who embrace such nonsense a joke.

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  • Guest

    Little by little, it all falls apart. After all, if the creation can’t be taken literally, then the rest of the “history” in the Bible falls like dominos. Score a small victory for human reason.

    • Which is great, but sad at the same time that we have to applaud something so basic as increasing reason in the first place.

      • Anthony

        Fear usually trumps reason. That’s the whole reason this debate hasn’t died off long ago. People just can’t accept that death is the end of consciousness. I used to believe in ‘god’ as a child, not out of faith, but out of fear. I feared what others would think of me if I didn’t believe. I feared eternal death, losing consciousness. But now, I fear a world where this so called ‘God’ is real. What sort of god would let this happen? I feel sad for those that believe in such a cruel and sporadic god.

        • Maybe it is the end of consciousness, maybe it isn’t. Bottom line is we’ll find out when we die, not through dogmatic literature and a book written thousands of years ago.

  • pixeloid

    Wow! Ham is too stupid, crazy, and fanatical for Pat Robertson! That’s saying something.

  • Zac Main

    When Pat Robertson tells you you’re making a joke of yourself, you know you’ve done goofed.

  • CapitalistFool

    What is the length of a day in the mind of God? If “On the first day, God created the heavens and the earth…”, what he defined as a day was prior to what we know of as the time required for the earth to rotate once. In the mind of God, one day might equate to 1 billion of our years, or simply as long as He feels it lasts.

    • Anthony

      Why would this so called ‘God’ bother confusing us. He’s supposedly omnipotent. His so called plan wouldn’t be foiled by us. And isn’t the bible written by a human that wanted others to believe in their religion? Why in the ever loving fuck would, if a human did write it, said human use god’s definition of a ‘day’? I’m not sorry to say this, your theory is too faulty to consider.

  • Dillon

    The bible wasn’t created with gods idea of time was it? If it was and it was inspired bu god then god would’ve said that don’t ya think? After all..god is god right? he would’ve known the confusion coming out of that but as you know “god isn’t the author of confusion” as it says.It is either the word of truth or it isnt and by all accounts more and more it seems it isn’t. It was meant for mankind to understand the creation of all things. If this is true then you cannot say this is what god really meant. It is either the word of god or it isn’t .Everytime we run into a problem we USE a rationale to interpret that “THIS is what god meant” or..god did it if we dont understand it.

  • Thomas

    It is actually 65 million. The Earth is 4.5 billion