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Even Pat Robertson Can’t Buy That the Earth is 6,000 Years Old

Televangelist Pat Robertson has said some pretty crazy stuff over the years on 700 Club broadcasts, regularly denying climate change, warning movies might leave you possessed and even blaming women for their abusive and rotten relationships. Yet, even he doesn’t buy the science-denying claims of young earth creationism.

Young earth creationists take the Genesis account literally and believe that the earth is not billions, but mere thousands of years old. This greatly contracted timeline for earth also gives rise to a number of other unusual Creationist beliefs, like the idea that dinosaurs (possibly only babies) floated along with Noah on his ark and a denial of the role of evolution in the creation of earth’s species.

During Tuesday’s broadcast, Robertson took these young earthers to task, declaring in a statement that just may be insulting to persons with disabilities, “You have to be deaf, dumb and blind to think that this Earth that we live in only has 6,000 years of existence, it just doesn’t, I’m sorry.”

He added that Ken Ham’s cult of young earth creationists actually make other evangelical Christians look bad when they spout such nonsense in the name of their faith.

“To deny the clear record that’s there before us makes us looks silly,” the television preacher told a viewer who had written in for his advice about the literalist view. “There’s no way that all this that you have here took place in 6,000 years, it just couldn’t have been done, couldn’t possibly have been done.”

Earlier this year, Robertson also lashed out at the ‘proof’ young earth creationists use to legitimize their claims.

“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,” Robertson explained, for once coming off the reasonable party. “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,” Robertson continued. “You can’t just totally deny the geological formations that are out there.”
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