Wait… what? He’s not claiming Earth is less than 6000 years old? There seems to be an epidemic recently of members of the Christian Right making claims that go against science and, frankly, common sense. But, here’s someone telling the Christian Right to cut it out.
On Tuesday’s 700 Club, Pat Robertson said that carbon dating proves Earth is really old.
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 caucuses 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, you’re going to lose your children, and I believe in telling it the way it was.
This is a rather common sense approach, a very refreshing approach from those on the Christian Right who seem to ignore science. Science and religion are not mutually exclusive; they can, and do, coexist. It’s possible to believe that Earth is 4.54 billion years old and also believe in God. If you trust science, it doesn’t automatically follow that you don’t believe in any religion. If you believe in God, it doesn’t automatically follow that you ignore science. One is based on faith and the other is based on facts. It’s nice to see a member of the Christian Right acknowledge the coexistence of science and religion. Almost.
Here’s the segment of Tuesday’s 700 Club: