Evangelist Pat Robertson announces he no longer thinks the Earth is only 6,000 years old.
Once again it is hard to figure out whether evangelist Pat Robertson has finally come around to facing reality as far as science and history is concerned or whether he is again trying to drive his supporters off balance by once again changing his position regarding creationism. Five years ago almost to the day he blasted the people of Dover, Pennsylvania for voting out the school board resulting in a legal test case as to whether Creationism could be taught in High school as an alternative to Darwinism. He basically told them not to bother praying to God for help in Hurricanes, Floods, fires, Etc. because with their vote they had already rejected God. At the time people were wondering whether he was trying to claim that God spoke directly to Pat to let him know how he the deity regarded such thoughts. Apparently God has switched his position because God now feels that:
To quote from an article on the subject: “He went on to say that Christians should not “cover up” scientific evidence that shows the Earth to be much, much older.
As Raw Story notes, Robertson’s comments were made in response to a viewer who had written in to the show. The woman said 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.”
In response, Robertson said:
Look, I know that people will probably try to lynch me when I say this, but Bishop [James] 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.
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.
“If you fight science,” he continued, “you’re going to lose your children, and I believe in telling it the way it was.”
In 1650, the Archbishop of Ireland James Ussher estimated that the Earth was created on Oct. 23, 4004 B.C. Ussher’s work continues to be cited by many creationists — including the Christian group Answers in Genesis — as evidence that the Earth is only thousands of years old.
In fact, “many Young Earth Creationists,” writes the Christian Post, believe that dinosaurs lived alongside humans 6,000 years ago, before the “great flood” described in the Book of Genesis. Some Christians, however, reportedly “dispute the existence of dinosaur’s altogether, claiming that bones excavated by scientists are a ruse meant to cause confusion among believers.”
In an article entitled “What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?” Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum in Kentucky, wrote that the Bible can help explain the existence of the extinct animals, the Christian Post notes.
Ham claims not only that dinosaurs lived at the “same time as people,” but were on Noah’s famed ark when the great flood occurred. They eventually became extinct, he said, because of “post-Flood climatic change, lack of food, disease, and man’s activities.”
As Raw Story points out, however, Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network “promoted the Creation Museum in a 2007 report and seemed to buy in to the notion that the Earth was thousands — not billions — of years old.”
Moreover, writes Right Wing Watch, the network also “sells material arguing that the Earth is 6,000 years old and that the Bible says dinosaurs and humans lived together.” This is countered by fossils and other scientific evidence.
As for me I side with the Darwinists and totally reject the creationists. Pat Robertson though continues to side with all positions which will keep money flowing into his network. Citing first the Bible and now science to support his position of the moment it is like he was suddenly realizing he was starting to look like a fool he had better claim he sided with the Darwinists. So there at the creationist’s museum animatronic dinosaurs and men live together. One of the other problems with the earth being only 6,000 years old is the time it takes to create civilizations along with cities and languages. Was the Grand Canyon created in minutes by the finger of God tracing through the sands? No we can trace the minerals exposed through the ages. Even Pat Robertson can see the logic of the argument and decide he is finished with trying to fool people that the story in Genesis is scientific fact.
Remember that the people who wrote the ancient Hebrew myth of the creation had no knowledge of astronomy where those twinkling stars were magically hung in one day and while the ancient Babylonians studied the stars and noticed that some of them behaved strangely they had no idea how far away they were or what they were composed of. Remember until a few centuries ago the church was promoting the idea that the earth was the center of the universe around which the sun and all of the stars revolved around. Unfortunately after so long preaching nonsense Pat Robertson has done a lot of damage to scientific thought to those who have believed him.
The last lines in the movie “Elmer Gantry” quotes from Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
– King James Version (1611)
It is unfortunate that it has taken Pat so long to become a man. Let’s hope he keeps that up.