Pat Robertson Declares Earth Older Than 6000 Years And Calls For Evangelists To Stop “Covering Up” Science

225px-Pat_Robertson_Paparazzo_Photography260px-Europasaurus_holgeri_Scene_2Pat Robertson remains something of an enigma. Just when you dismiss him as a religious wing nut who says that God gives him tips of who will win elections; atheists want people to be miserable; and causes earthquakes to punish Haitians as Devil worshippers. Then Robertson turns around and calls for the legalization of marijuana and now called for evangelists to stop suggesting that the Earth is only 6000 years old when every scientific fact points to the contrary. I wish he would just pick one side of the sanity/insanity line and stick with it because this is getting confusing.


220px-James_Ussher_by_Sir_Peter_LelyRobertson finally uttered the truth about a ludicrous calculation made in 1650 by the Archbishop of Ireland James Ussher when he estimated that the Earth was created on Oct. 23, 4004 B.C. Yet, forty six percent of pastors insist the Earth is 6000 years old. American politicians like Sarah Palin and others (here) also still proclaim faith in the young age of the Earth as biblically correct even if it is scientifically nonsensical.

Robertson’s surprising comments came on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “700 Club.” A viewer wrote into the show to express her “biggest fear is to not have my children and husband next to me in God’s Kingdom because they question why the Bible could not explain the existence of dinosaurs.” In response, Robertson said:

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 carcasses 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.”

It is an interesting contrast to so many politicians. In the GOP primary, Huntsman was a refreshing contrast in challenging the party to stop denying science. Had the GOP embraced Huntsman, I am convinced it would have secured the White House. Instead, his candidacy died out with little support as science-denying candidates prevailed in race after race.

This announcement follows an admission from Robertson that he misheard God’s tip on who would win the presidential election. Earlier he told viewers that God told him the name of the ultimate victor. After the election, Robertson explained that he “missed” the message. He explained “I sure did miss it, I thought I heard from God, I thought I had heard clearly from God, what happened? What intervenes? Why? You ask God, how did I miss it? Well, we all do and I’ve had a lot of practice.”

It is part of the yin and yang of Pat Robertson. One moment is he clear and cogent and the next he will channelling bizarre messages from the Almighty.

Source: Huff Post

84 thoughts on “Pat Robertson Declares Earth Older Than 6000 Years And Calls For Evangelists To Stop “Covering Up” Science”

  1. There’s an inane photo shop philosophy production company working . Anyone can use silly historical reconstructions to sell a program. Melodrama by the minute by the attention seekers is just a childish need to diminish the quality of every day life . Pat Robertson is finally doing the right thing by his 700 Club religious TV followers, even though there will be a lot of smelling salts passed around by the superstitous
    To Jill :
    Who can’t make pseudo analytical games by playing with numbers. “Are you a girl or are you just a meanie ?” How many silly syllables did you get from that phrase ? You can put your arm down now , Jill. ) There are more important issues in life than indulging in what are most likely dishonest retrogressive obsessions .

  2. The “braggadocio” is just a word with emotional freight that you choose for your purpose. I’m not a braggart, you can’t be self-deprecating, or depreciating, and a braggart no matter how you twist the words. Nor am I disposed to doing “empty boasting'” ; nor “arrogant pretension” except as a response, to which I have to ask why not?

    I try, in my wording, to give a lot of “outs” for others. That they choose not to or can’t recognize the opportunity isn’t my fault. Compromise is a buy-in that too many on comments won’t do if only for showing weakness in some way.

  3. shano,

    “ah yes, Ariel, you have the corporate institutional administrative lingo down perfectly.”

    Was that from “We are also the most educated generation yet.” Yeah that’s been said every generation. Shibboleth, bromide, or just trite. You can be well-educated but still a fool.”? If so..

    How that has anything to do with my response I don’t know. Should I consider it a leap of faith? With all that means?

    Or just really dumb? One atheist to another you’re better off with the first sentence this paragraph.

    If it wasn’t, remember there’s no sub-threading, so what the hell were you actually referring to other than some self-referential fantasy?

    Now that I’ve done my loose Ad Hominems, you do realize, going all Gene H. on your ass, that “ah yes, Ariel, you have the corporate institutional administrative lingo down perfectly” was nothing better but exactly the same?

    OT on this, but certainly on you, Atheism means nothing other than “no gods”. It doesn’t bestow rationality, logic, ethics, morality, truth or anything else. It only means “no gods”. What you do with it after is solely what you do.
    Some do it poorly…

    After listening to a seminar by O’Hare at ASU I knew I would never join American Atheists, or likely any atheist group. I could get the same “how” of thinking at a Kingdom Hall. The “what” was different but the “how” not .

  4. ah yes, Ariel, you have the corporate institutional administrative lingo down perfectly.

    And braggadocio.

  5. >> “If you fight science, you’re going to lose your children, and I
    >> believe in telling it the way it was.”

    Yeah, right. More likely, Pat Robberbaron (the blood diamond profiteer) is admitting this is a battle he can’t win. He realized that if he keeps fighting it, HE looks like the dinosaur.

    It’s far easier to maintain a lie and control people if there is some ruth in your lie. A lie that is easily exposed by curious children isn’t going to last long.

  6. Idealist707,
    “I admire your capability to put names on these things that I recognize, but can’t name. They don’t teach them to engineers, and I had no time nor intersest to study them myself. Re syllogisms.”

    Thanks for the kind words. My degree though is BSChE. I went through special classes in JHS and early HS, when they picked out the 30 to 40 kids with the highest IQs and gave us special classes. My semantics class employed fallacies as a teaching tool. As well recognizing word choice by denotation and connotation, and thus the writer’s bent on directing the reader emotionally.

    After that, it’s what you read on your own.

  7. Shano,
    “We are also the most educated generation yet.” Yeah that’s been said every generation. Shibboleth, bromide, or just trite. You can be well-educated but still a fool.

    What I haven’t heard or read is the most wise. Or ethical, given the last few surveys on cheating to get ahead. The latter did improve with the last survey though.

  8. Pats real problem, from an anon commenter at Andrew Sullivan:

    “I totally agree with what your Millennial reader wrote, and I want to add a few points. First, we have grown up in the most diverse America in history. My closest friends don’t look like me, don’t go to the same church, and some don’t even speak English as their first language. We have more contact with immigrants, gays, the disabled, and multicultural families than any generation before us. So when a party tries to bemoan the loss of the “white establishment,” even my white male friends – the supposed members of this establishment – are shocked and alienated. You can’t try to win a demographic and think they won’t notice that you are leaving behind their girlfriends, boyfriends, classmates and coworkers.

    We are also the most educated generation yet. And while you can try to write off academia as a liberal indoctrination, what is really happening is that the anti-science, anti-evidence, anti-fact machine of the GOP can’t stand up to people who know how to ask the right questions and have the Internet to find the answers. We are not going to take kindly to a party that would pass Medicare and start two wars without paying for any of it, blame the deficit on the next president, and then try to bill itself as the fiscally responsible party. The facts are out there, whether it’s about climate change, birth control, or what you voted for on the House floor last year.

    The Internet only strengthens both of those traits in our generation. “

  9. And if God’s words are His, then who is man to add to them in His name, ie Talmud, NT and Haddiths, not to speak of all the additions to Christianity.

  10. “If Jesus saves, well, he’d better save himself from the gory glory seekers who’ll use his name in death.” Hymn 43

  11. Kraaken,

    While praying to graven images is forbidden, we instead let those who speak in the name of the holy muffin do our thinking. Such a one is Robertson.

    We opponents attempt to gather the storms of nature to destroy him and thus free his followers from his power.

    Now, addicted like tobacco smokers and meth users, they need another replacement for the holy muffin, or another speaker in his name. So freedom is not achieved through Robertson’s fall.

    Some will even follow those who speak other tongues and call themselves “businessmen”; although they are only con men who save like Jesus in a Cayman bank.

    And in the name of righteousness, we will destroy the lives of non-whites as proof of our white power, which Dog gave us as proof of our purity and reward for following him. He even gave us a White House for our proper leader.

    That Dog-given power even extends to making money as a reward on our investments in the domination of other nations, as they, demonstrably since not being part of us, must also be impure, even though they guise themselves like us.

    Anathema upon all these peoples, we are Dog’s only exceptional people.

    And oddly there are more than just those who cross themselves, who believe likewise.

    Any questions?

  12. I suppose the only thing about Pat Robertson that is surprising to me is why (editorial) we think he remains relevant in the least or why (editorial) we devote coverage to him or even discuss his ideas?

  13. clergy say I have given nothing.
    some say give.
    others say they don’t see anything.
    those that have seen say nothing to anyone for fear of being called insane should they try to explain.
    Genesis _ _ _ _ in the beginning let there be light.
    to stand in the true light of GOD, is to be light.
    rocks are compressed light.
    the universe is full of rock
    light is the universe.
    hell is the distance from GOD. so GOD is the universe. because the universe is finite in size and growing not expanding. thus creating new stars, and the imagination of kids.
    laser is compressed light.
    light travels thru the earth.
    where is the dead deer on the side of the road? deer season is over and I did not get one.
    children must be taught to be creative so i gave away things like how to create their own universe and multi-universes on history channel.
    I worte several comedians shows including sinbads show on children on adhd, incorporated with men, and toilets and how to fix a marriage in three seconds.
    laughter is the best medicine, but there was the nuclear war over four years ago. you should be dead so the antichrists can not say they were not given a second chance, knowing that they had to hang them selves they are now lying about THE BIBLE IN MANY WAYS.
    WHERE IS THE LOVE…?
    children must be taught the basics. what I did not give away is being stolen. the parents will be the culprits because they are told that JESUS is not here. yet the antichrist has been walking for a thousand years.
    ONE man is predicted to take on the world and HE is here now.
    the presidents will deny this because they follow the flock to get votes.
    good clip on the creation elain it made sense. laughed MY ass off.
    I wrote many of the commericials that you watch on tv and gave them away. some include flo, and the sign that, every one is a comedian, and the viking garth saying to joan of arc, what is it like to work with noah? as well as many other commercials. some targeted at children as well as adults. does the dodge really move heaven and earth? ram tough!
    the antichrist criticize because I am only responding to the jts religion only. so I leave no comment.
    if you want to tell a politician some thing you set down with another person and talk about something while a politician is eating by themslf they have their mouth closed and will steal your idea and claim it for them selves. it will get built like the lite rail did in phoenix. and then I had a sun dial put in at the flee market.
    but politicians can’t change certain things so just don’t tell them when they have proven that they are trying to rule the world.
    abortion will be legal every where in the world is a law written about by GOD as is written. that I will set things right. the antichrist will be destroyed from all religions.

  14. Further on MikeS: He first puts a chair behind you so that when you fall, as you will if your brain is working (big IF), then you will sit down comfortably. And not being hurt emotinally, you will listen to the rest of the lesson, drinking in the enlightenment without rancor in your heart.

    Is this then sweet reasoning?

  15. As for Huntsman, as any CIA careerist will tell you, going overseas is to commit career suicide.
    Why? Simply because you don’t count, you are not in the loop, and it is difficult making deals and kissing up from there.

    Having left the stream, you can never bathe in the same one again. If you are stupid besides that, well…..!

  16. “So, I asked this god a question and by way of firm reply, he said, ‘I’m not the kind you have to wind up on Sundays.'” J Tull

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