Creationists are taking issue with televangelist Pat Robertson
and his view of the age of the earth.
On a broadcast of The 700 Club late last
month, Pat Robertson disputed the belief that the earth is about
6,000 years old, suggesting billions instead.
"I know people will probably try to lynch me when I say this,"
he stated, "but Bishop Ussher -- God bless him -- wasn't inspired
by the Lord when he said it all took 6,000 years. It just didn't
.... There was a time that [dinosaurs] were on the earth and it was
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."
Dr. Terry Mortenson of Answers in
Genesis (AIG), who disagrees with Robertson, notes that the
television show host challenges James Ussher, the renowned
former archbishop of Ireland who traced the earth's creation based
on the Bible and took the Bible as the Word of God.
"[Ussher] came up with a date of 4004 [B.C.] for creation by
taking the genealogies in Genesis 5 and 11 as complete chronologies
with no missing names, which is the way the church took those
genealogies for 1,800 years," Dr. Mortenson explains. "So, he was
just being a very, very careful student of the Scriptures and the
chronological information given in Scripture."
Moreover, the AIG researcher notes that Robertson's claim that
dinosaurs existed before biblical times is illogical, because there
is no pre-biblical time; the Bible starts with the creation of the
Robertson also mentioned science's reliance on carbon dating,
which Dr. Mortenson says reveals Robertson's ignorance on the
"Carbon-14 is never used to date rocks or dinosaur bones; it's
other dating methods which have much longer half-lives," Mortenson
reports. "The maximum age you could date anything with radio carbon
dating is about 80,000 or 100,000 years at the max, and dinosaurs
supposedly lived 65 million to 245 million years ago. So he's
really not informed on the dating methods."
AIG maintains that the Bible remains the true and final
authority on the subject.
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