Today, Pat Robertson seemed clear and alert. Kinda. He responded to Creationist Ken Ham’s debate against Bill Nye. In doing so he may have driven a wedge between the religious right and its radical cousin. This is not a new position for Pat Robertson to take.
Pat Robertson in 2012.
Right Wing Watch reported that, in 2012, Pat Robertson appeared to break with Young Earth creationists.
“appeared to break with many of his fellow fundamentalists who subscribe to Young Earth creationism regarding the age of the earth, disputing their notion that the planet is only around 6,000 years old. Robertson said that James Ussher, the seventeenth century bishop who to this day is heralded by Young Earth creationists for using the Bible to argue that the earth was created in 4004 BC, ‘wasn’t inspired by the Lord when he said it all took 6,000 years, it just didn’t.’ While many creationists believe that dinosaurs were on Noah’s Ark, Robertson insisted that dinosaurs ‘were on the earth before the time of the Bible, so don’t try to cover it up and make like everything was 6,000 years, that’s not the Bible.’”
They also reported that Pat Robertson and his Christian Broadcasting Network sells material arguing that the earth is 6,000 years old and that the Bible says dinosaurs and humans lived together. With that you have to consider the ethics of the CBN.
The Middle Ages were around… 1800?
Today though, Pat Robertson took to the airwaves. While he did make the mistakes of saying the Middle Ages were around 1800 AND the mispronunciation of tyrannosaurus rex as “terrasaurus” that’s ok. Pat Robertson is only off by about 300 years as opposed to Ken Ham’s multi-millions. Either way, religious leaders have always had a problem with scientific timelines. But you could clearly understand the point Pat Robertson was trying to make when he said,
“Let’s face it, there was a bishop [Ussher] 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.”
Pat Robertson continued with,
“We’ve got to be realistic that the dating of Bishop Ussher just doesn’t comport with anything that is found in science and you can’t just totally deny the geological formations that are out there.”
Bravo, Pat Robertson.
The meds were working well today. You could tell when Pat Robertson lashed out at Young Earth Creationism and Ken Ham by saying,
“Let’s be real, let’s not make a joke of ourselves.”
While condemning Ham, Pat Robertson disagreed with “evolution as it is currently presented as non-theistic”. Instead Pat Robertson has altered his view to allow for both science and faith. A hybrid of Intelligent Design.
“I believe that God started it all and he’s in charge of it….Progressive evolution under His control doesn’t hurt my faith at all.”
Here’s the video:
I can’t believe I agree with Pat Robertson.
Back in 2012, Ken Ham attacked Pat Robertson for his criticism saying,
“we don’t need enemies from without the church when we have such destructive teaching within the church.”
Both men think the other is teaching destructive fodder. Unbelievably, I agree with both of them. But only on that point.
The radicals respond to Pat Robertson.
As far as the right wing is concerned one need look no further than Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. Today I warmly quote their recap with Ham.
“As for Ham’s outlook moving forward, he’s hoping that more Christians actually study evolution and consider teaching the theory to their children. ‘I think every Christian should teach their kid about evolution. The more they know about it, I think they will understand it’s just not true.’”
Sure Ken. That’s the way they will understand it. The reality is that was a concession to liberals and agnostics. And that’s got to sting Glenn and Ken.
Personally, as an agnostic, I stand with Bill Nye. But as a liberal I welcome Pat Robertson into the fold. Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks. Then again, could be dementia setting in. Either way