Pat Robertson Tells Ken Ham ‘Let’s Not Make A Joke Of Ourselves’


After Bill Nye and Ken Ham debated the value of creationism to science last night many people have weighed in – even?Pat Robertson. What Robertson had to say will surprise many. Far from being congratulatory, Robertson had this to say about the theory that the earth is 6000 years old:

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 said. ?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

He continued:

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.

Then he gave this shot to creationist like Ham regarding continuing to hold on to these beliefs:

Let’s be real, let’s not make a joke of ourselves

Robertson went on to say he doesn’t believe in evolution as he believes it is presented in a non-theistic humanist way but does believe that evolution has occurred and God had a hand in it. That is not good enough for Young Earth Creationists who were not happy with Pat Robertson when he made similar statements last November. On the show Creation Today host?Paul F. Taylor stated:

Pat Robertson is claiming, then, that 6,000 years comes from Ussher’s book and not the Bible. The point is, where did Ussher get his figure of 6,000 years?

Taylor believes all those answers are in the Bible. He continued:

Now, then, Pat Robertson,? he said, ?are you claiming the Bible is not [divinely] inspired when the Bible clearly tells us that the world is 6,000 years old

I would guess that Robertson is saying that humans are flawed and make assumptions and science has disproved those assumptions so it’s time to move on.?Mr Ham may want to reevaluate what he’s doing when one of the most right-wing of the right-wing Christians is basically saying “you just said what?”

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Laurie Bertram Roberts is the president of Mississippi National Organization for Women, a feminist activist, full spectrum doula and writer in Jackson, MS. Her family suspected she was trouble when at age 8 she preferred reading weekly news magazines over girly magazines. Her early fascination with liberal ideals, women's rights, was not quite welcome in her conservative fundamentalist Christian home. She is incredibly passionate about reproductive justice and fighting all forms of oppression. When not speaking truth to power she is likely hanging out with her children watching sci fi or doing other nerd like things.