Televangelist Pat Robertson was closer to "Science Guy" Bill Nye's camp, and not creationist Ken Ham's, when it came to their debate about science vs. religion.
“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,” Robertson said on the Christian television show "The 700 Club," referring to 17th-century Bishop James Ussher’s claims that the world dates back a mere 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.”
“Let’s be real, let’s not make a joke of ourselves,” he added.
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Robertson had already invoked the ire of "Young Earth" creationists for making similar statements last November, claiming that Ussher’s 6,000 years figure was made up.
“Now, then, Pat Robertson,” show host Paul Taylor questioned at the time, “are you claiming the Bible is not [divinely] inspired when the Bible clearly tells us that the world is 6,000 years old?”
According to a recent PEW Research Center survey, a full third of Americans reject the idea of evolution, agreeing that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.” And of those who believe in evolution, 24 percent think that God guided creation.
As for the results of the hotly debated debate, most agree that it was a toss-up.