We haven’t posted about Pat Robertson for a while. Wikipedia describes him as:
an American media mogul, executive chairman, politician, televangelist and former Southern Baptist minister who advocates a conservative Christian fundamentalist ideology. He serves as chancellor and CEO of Regent University and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Robertson is an old-Earth creationist who sometimes gets into spats with people like Ken Ham — see, e.g.: Answers in Genesis Rebukes Pat Robertson, and also, from right after the Hambo-Bill Nye debate, Pat Robertson Reacts to Ken Ham’s Performance.
Today we found an article about Robertson that is certain to draw a response from Hambo. It’s at the website of the Christian Post, which describes itself as “the nation’s most comprehensive Christian news website.” They have a comments icon, but we can’t get it to work. Their headline is Pat Robertson says idea that universe is 6,000 years old is ‘nonsense’. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Conservative Christian televangelist Pat Robertson rejected the belief that the universe is only 6,000 years old, calling it “nonsense.” [Gasp!] “This universe that we live in is … 14 billion years old and there’s no question about it and we have tremendous geological records and all the rest of it and that 6,000 year stuff just doesn’t compute,” the host of CBN’s “The 700 Club” said on his show Tuesday.
We don’t often agree with Robertson, but on this point he’s quite correct. The Christian Post then says:
Robertson, 89, was responding to a viewer who was confused by what she learned in church — “that the time of creation was 6,000 years ago — versus what science says — that “dinosaurs are … millions of years old.” He noted that the school he founded, Regent University, teaches the Old Earth view. When “they were trying to hustle around [a course] called creation science, it was just nonsense and it was so embarrassing,” he said.
It’s fun to imagine the reaction of ol’ Hambo when he learns of this. He’ll be red in the face, foaming at the mouth, and rolling around on the floor chewing the carpet. The Christian Post quotes Robertson some more:
“We as Christians need to know the truth and when we know the truth you stand in awe with the God who created everything and that’s His name. His name is He who caused everything to be. He brought it all into being. Look at the vast solar system and the galaxies, and the stars, there are about a billion trillion stars … in the universe. It’s huge. So let’s give God credit for what He did, not try to limit Him to 6,000 years.”
The rest of the article is about the split between clergy who are young Earthers and those who aren’t. You know all that stuff, so there’s no need to excerpt any more. Such disputes are inevitable because — unlike science — religion has no peaceful, rational mechanism for dispute resolution. It’s all about faith, and that leads to factions and fanaticism. So now we await Hambo’s inevitable reaction.
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