Pat Robertson is anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-progress, but apparently not anti-science. Amazingly, the televangelist and host of the 700 Club took a stance that may have upset many Biblical creationists by stating that the Earth is not, in fact, only 6,000 years old. In fact, Robertson even went so far as to say that Christians should not reject scientific evidence.
A woman wrote to Robertson saying that 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.”
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.
Creationism relies upon the Bible to explain the age of the Earth, and largely relies upon the work of Archbishop of Ireland James Usher who, in 1650, posited that the Earth was created on 2` October 4004 BC. In fact, according to Terry Pratchett, Usher’s aides actually took it further and posited that God created the Earth at 9am. Pratchett went on to note that it is wrong by a quarter of an hour.
However, Pratchett, who is a noted satirist, was kind enough to note the explanation normally used by Creationists to explain dinosaurs that “the whole business with the fossilized dinosaur skeletons was a joke the paleontologists haven’t seen yet.” Well, at least Creationists feel that it is a test of faith and supposedly dinosaurs and humans lived on Earth together.
Despite not being anti-science, Robertson is still pretty much an Evangelical Christian who hates gays, women, and anything to do with not being an Evangelical Christian.