Two weeks ago we wrote Pat Robertson Says the Earth Is Old. He had recently written an article saying the idea of the universe being only 6,000 years old is “nonsense.” As we reminded you then, Wikipedia says that Pat Robertson is:
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.
Naturally, we wondered about the reaction of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. We speculated that when he learned of this, he’d be red in the face, foaming at the mouth, and rolling around on the floor chewing the carpet. We ended by saying that “we await Hambo’s inevitable reaction.”
Since then we’ve heard that he’s been posting some vigorous tweets — or Facebook comments, or stuff like that — but we never visit those websites. We’ve been waiting for him to do something at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry, and he has finally done so — but it’s not as spectacular as we were expecting.
Hambo just posted Ken Ham Featured in Decision Magazine. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Pat Robertson, of the TV show The 700 Club, recently made disparaging remarks against young earth creation (this is certainly not the first time he’s done so), calling it “nonsense” and “embarrassing,” affirming he believes the universe is over 14 billion years old. It’s sad to see so many Christian leaders compromising in this area.
Yes, it’s “sad.” Then he says:
And since we’re so often attacked, misrepresented, and even slandered by those in the media, I thought I would share with you something very positive — a refreshing article [Biblical Authority Rooted in Genesis] from Decision magazine of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. They recently interviewed me and profiled AiG and the Ark Encounter.
Whoa — that’s unexpected. As we said in Ken Ham and Billy Graham, which we wrote on the occasion of Billy Graham’s death:
In all the years that ol’ Hambo has been prancing around, speaking everywhere about creation science, he never met Billy Graham. Nor have we heard of any visits by Graham to Hambo’s infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, or to Ark Encounter, an exact replica of Noah’s Ark. How is that possible?
Then we quoted from an interview Graham gave, where he was quite explicit that “The Bible is not a book of science.” In other words, Graham wasn’t a young Earth creationist in the way that Hambo is, so they never met. But now that Graham is gone, the organization he founded seems to be moving in a different direction.
Hambo quotes extensively from that article — which praises him — and that’s all he has to say. It’s nothing of any substance regarding the age of the Earth and the universe, yet that’s his response to Pat Robertson. It’s not at all what we were expecting, but this is his “proof” that Robertson is wrong. Make of it what you will, dear reader.
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