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.
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.