Pat Robertson: Earth Older Than 6,000 Years

We usually don’t post about the news that someone has said something sane (although sanity is becoming a rarity in America these days), but today we’ll make an exception.

Embedded above is a video of Pat Robertson — yes, Pat Robertson the television evangelist — saying that the Earth is much older than 6,000 years.

It’s only about 90 seconds long, so take a look. When Hambo and the rest of them get over the shock and start criticizing Robertson, we’ll let you know. Until then, we can’t think of anything else to say.

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22 responses to “Pat Robertson: Earth Older Than 6,000 Years

  1. While this is great, I’m sure Ham and co will have no trouble finding something to criticise. “But carbon dating is wrong” etc etc.

  2. Charles Deetz ;)

    I suspect the quiet period here is while AIG gets Hambo to sign off on a press release announcing they are following the spiritual (and factual) advice of an anointed man of God that Robertson is, and dropping their YEC position and shutting down.

  3. Pat Robinson, probably unintentionally, has just created a mess for not only Ken Ham, but Albert Mohler, the ICR, David Rives, and many, many, more. This is like the Bill Nye video, except the reactions will have to be very polite and circumspect (I’m assuming). It should be highly entertaining to see the different ways these groups come up with to tell Pat he’s wrong, and possibly not a “true” christian.

  4. Pat’s words are so so general, its hard to know what hes thinking really .
    Plus “eyeonicr” it is true, C14 dating of Triceratops has been conclusively shown to be erroneous by many distinguished creationist authors. 🙂
    Thanks for finding this vid SC…………

  5. What with Billy Graham (or his handlers) supporting a mormon for president and taking down his anti-mormon web page, and now Pat Robinson joining him on the dark side, I think that my world is beginning to fall apart.

  6. @Ed and @Alan(UK): Minor quibble. It’s Pat *Robertson*, not *Robinson*. We like to keep our fundagelicals properly named so we can keep them in check.

  7. Ceteris Paribus

    Pat appears to understands radio carbon dating. And he should know since his own half-life on television is going to turn out to be somewhere near 6,000 years.

  8. Time, and time again, I tell people that the world of Theology does not understand the book of Genesis.

    If pastors, priests. rabbis, and “so called” Christians would stop their false (old Earth) and foolish (young Earth) teachings, and start promoting the truth of Genesis (Observations of Moses), then there would hardly be any room for the ridiculous teaching of evolution.

    What advantage is there to higher education, if what is being taught is false information? Evolution is a false conclusion of the 600 million year fossil record. The “Observations of Moses” is the only true rendition of Genesis chapter one, and is the correct opposing view to the evolution theory.

    Herman Cummings

  9. Thanks for leaving this Herman post on here SC. !:)

  10. Copying my comment on NCSE site:

    Please people, stop taking the bait. Even William Jennings Bryan admitted an old earth 87 years ago. “Scientific” YEC is a mid-20th century concoction that is undergoing a slow death. Even the “creationist on the street” who hasn’t given 5 minutes’ thought to the “when” questions is more likely to admit an old earth when the questions are worded unequivocally. Watch out for those who play dumb about the “when” questions and common descent. They’re almost certainly in on the scam.

  11. Poor lady. Once her kids and husband know the truth that the Bible and its preachers have been misleading them all this time, she’ll end up alone in the by and by. Perhaps the kids will grow up actually contribute to society versus living in world of fiction.

  12. One wonders what Morris is doing tonight. As he stands in his pajamas in the uptown manse, could he be planning on changing his schtick? Naaaah!
    Where’s my hot cocoa is a more likely thought ….”.Hello Mr Swaggart any ideas?” A: Crying on TV might work!

  13. This is an improvement for Pat (anything is). However what is his opinion on Noah’s flood? Since that was during the time of the bible.

  14. Spector567 says: “It has begun.”

    That’s from 2003, but it’s great for context. Thanks.

  15. “That’s from 2003, but it’s great for context. Thanks”
    Oops another site talking about the same video had it linked in the comments.
    That being said aside from Pats opinion the 700 club has no problem selling YEC material on there website.

  16. When Hambo and the rest of them get over the shock and start criticizing Robertson, we’ll let you know.

    It’s already started. From Ham’s Facebook page:

    Not only do we have to work hard to not let our kids be led astray by the anti-God teaching of the secularists, we have to work hard to not let them be led astray by compromising church leaders like Pat Robertson. This excerpt was posted on Youtube by a group that is a project of People For the American Way. Pat Robertson gives more fodder to the secularists. We don’t need enemies from without the church when we have such destructive teaching within the church.

    http://www.facebook.com/aigkenham#!/aigkenham/posts/252637821531002

  17. John Pieret says: “It’s already started. From Ham’s Facebook page”

    Ah, the enemy within! But I never bother with FaceBook. I’ll wait until he posts at his own AIG blog.

  18. Spector567: “That being said aside from Pats opinion the 700 club has no problem selling YEC material on there website.”

    Surely you’ve heard of the Big Tent strategy. The serious rank-and-file Biblical literalists are neither YEC nor OEC in the “scientific” sense, and thus are very forgiving of anyone who will feed their “Darwin denial” addiction, no matter how much they disagree on the testable “details.” Note how they rave about Behe, who accepts not only old earth and old life, but common descent to boot. OTOH that tiny minority of the public that is both Biblical literalist and career anti-evolution activist, e.g. Ken Ham, would not appreciate the competition.

  19. Unable to resist a “loki troll” moment, I posted the following on Ham’s page:

    If you people are upset about Robinson, you must be furious at the Discovery Institute gang. They’re not only nearly all old-earthers, they either accept common descent or are “unsure” about it.

  20. I am from Norfolk, VA where ol Pat has his 700 Club and other businesses. He is a crook (blood diamonds and other things). I think Pat is trying to get right with his god. He has come out in favor of science (old earth), legalizing pot and allowing civil unions among gay men and women. I think his intelligence (have to be smart to be a successful crook), real belief in god and fear of that god is making him tell the truth as he sees death coming on.

  21. techreseller says: “I am from Norfolk, VA where ol Pat has his 700 Club and other businesses.”

    That explains the old cheer that begins: We are the girls from Norfolk …