In the world of radical religious beliefs, you know you’re pretty “out there” if even Pat Robertson (the guy who’s said natural disasters could be God’s wrath for supporting gay rights) is essentially calling you delusional.
Well, that’s basically what happened – Pat Robertson said that Ken Ham’s belief that the age of the Earth is about 6,000 years old is “just nonsense.”
“Let’s face it, there was a bishop who added up the dates listed in Genesis and he came up with the world had been around for 6,000 years. There ain’t no way that’s possible. To say that it all came about in 6,000 years is just nonsense and I think it’s time we come off of that stuff and say this isn’t possible.
We’ve got to be realistic that the dating of Bishop Ussher just doesn’t comport with anything that’s found in science, and you can’t just totally deny the geological formations that are out there.”
While he’s right, it’s just a little funny to me that the guy who’s spewed all sorts of nonsense over the years is suddenly citing science as the reason why Mr. Ham’s beliefs aren’t valid.
Especially when you consider that Mr. Robertson once said:
“I would warn Orlando that you’re right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don’t think I’d be waving those flags [gay pride flags] in God’s face if I were you, This is not a message of hate, this is a message of redemption. But a condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation. It’ll bring about terrorist bombs; it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes, and possibly a meteor.”
These two actually have a history. A couple of years ago, Ham said Robertson was encouraging his followers to be “led astray” and that his ideas were “destructive teaching within the church.”
Which is something I won’t disagree with either. While I’m by no means a fan of Ken Ham, and I feel his beliefs are absolutely ridiculous, Pat Robertson isn’t exactly someone I would call sane either. Both of these men are obviously on the extremely radical end of the “Christian” spectrum. Which is why it was a bit surprising to see Robertson cite science to discredit Ham’s beliefs.
But I do think this shows you just how radical Ham’s views really are. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out the debate he had with Bill Nye, I would highly recommend it. Though at times it can be hard to watch Ham spout off his nonsense, I felt this debate was a great example of a scientist using fact after fact to debate someone whose argument literally consisted of two things:
- How can you be certain when that was created? You weren’t there.
- Well, the Bible says…
Seriously, that was it. Which in itself is somewhat ironic considering Nye used scientific testing methods to support his side (methods that have been proven over years to be valid means at which to determine certain information), yet Ham would continually say something along the lines of, “Well, were you there? Then you can’t prove it. You’re just assuming.”
Yet when it came to him “proving” something he would literally say, “Well, the Bible says…” as his “proof.” Though he has absolutely no evidence of who wrote the Bible – he simply assumes what’s in it is 100% factual.
Robertson’s comments proved to be a least somewhat humorous. Not because of any particular thing he said (this time anyway), but because it’s interesting to see someone I consider to be extremely radical with his religious views to actually identify someone who might be even more radical than he is.
But then reality kind of sets in. I realize that while Ham’s belief that the Earth is only 6,000 year old sounds insane, millions of people actually believe this “nonsense.” And that’s a pretty terrifying thought.