Pat Robertson Gets Hip To Science, Says Earth Is Way Older Than 6,000 Years
Didn’t see this one coming. Evangelical leader Pat Robertson made a huge splash when he stated, on his network, that the idea that the Earth is only 6,000 years old was “not inspired by the Bible,” and that dinosaurs existed “before the time of the Bible.”
This is a stunning reversal by one of the world’s best known religious leaders, who tends to support literal interpretations of the Bible. What he disputes here is actually the work of the 17th century bishop James Ussher, who claimed, as many have since, that humans and dinosaurs co-existed, and that the Earth is thousands, not millions of years old. Robertson:
People will probably try to lynch me when I say this, but Bishop Ussher--God bless him--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...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.
The statement was in response to a question Robertson fielded Tuesday from a viewer on his Christian Broadcasting Network show "The 700 Club.” 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.”
Credit Robertson for facing up to the overwhelming evidence that has established itself in the last few decades, and letting the facts dictate the narrative, not the other way around.