Pat Robertson Blasts Ken Ham’s Young Earth Beliefs: ‘Let’s Not Make a Joke of Ourselves’

Robertson ssIn providing his feedback on Tuesday’s debate between Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and Bill Nye ‘the Science Guy,’ televangelist Pat Robertson went off on a two-minute monologue on Wednesday about why he holds to the opinion that Christians need to get over their young earth beliefs.

Speaking on his daily broadcast of the 700 Club, Robertson focused on the calculations and analysis of Bishop James Ussher, the Church of Ireland Archbishop and scholar who once dated the world as being 6,000 years old.

“Let’s face it,” he said. “There was a bishop in the Middle Ages there—1800’s or something—who added up the dates listed in Genesis and he came up with [a calculation that] the world had been around for 6,000 years. There ain’t no way that’s possible.”

“Anybody that’s in the oil business knows that he’s drilling down two miles, three miles, four miles underground. You’re cutting through all these layers laid down by the dinosaurs,” Robertson asserted. “And we have skeletons of dinosaurs that go back about about 65 million years.”

The televangelist then began to amp up his remarks by scoffing at those who believe in a young earth, calling for reformation among Christians.

“[T]o say that it all came about 6,000 years ago is just nonsense, and I think it’s time we come off of that stuff and say this isn’t possible,” he declared.

“So, there was a Big Bang. So? That doesn’t mean it came spontaneously. Nobody knows what caused the Big Bang, but I say God did it,” Robertson continued. “God’s in charge of all this. God’s in control. He is the author of all life, but we’ve got to be realistic that the dating of Biship Ussher just doesn’t comport with anything that is found in science.”

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The 83-year-old show host again asserted that rock layers and dinosaur fossils provide proof for an old earth.

“You can’t just totally deny the geological formations that are out there—the rock formations and all the things all over the world, especially the bones,” he contended. “And we have found a Tyrannosaurus Rex out there in Oregon or some place—I mean, a full skeleton—and that layer was laid down about 65 million years ago.”

“So, let’s be real, and let’s not make a joke of ourselves,” he continued. “I don’t believe in so-called evolution as it is currently presented as non-theistic. I believe that God started it all and He’s in charge of it. But the fact that you have the progressive evolution under His control, that doesn’t hurt my faith at all. But this thing [with young earth teachings], we just can’t be playing this.”

But when Ken Ham learned of Robertson’s comments, he posted his own thoughts on Facebook, stating that he found it sad that Robertson was leading his viewers to believe man’s lies over God’s word.

“Pat Robertson is so misinformed and deceived,” he wrote. “Sad that so many will believe him (who is neither a scientist, nor a Bible scholar) rather than open their Bibles and see that evolution and millions of years are totally incompatible with the first 11 chapters of Genesis and rather than think for themselves and check out creationist web sites like Answers in Genesis.”

“He condemns Bishop Ussher (a brilliant Bible scholar and incredible student of history and ancient writings), but couldn’t even get the time of Ussher’s life correct,” Ham noted. “[It was] not the 1800’s, but 1581-1656.”

Ham said that he wished many Christians in the nation, like Robertson, would awaken to the truth about Creation and turn away from the deception.

“Oh, that God would convict and open the eyes of Christian leaders and Christian college and seminary professors, so many of whom are as uninformed and deceived as Pat Robertson,” he concluded. “God have mercy.”

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  • JH Moser

    Mr. Robertson can listen to and believe the words of man if he likes; I will stick with God’s word every time and that includes the word of God in Genesis as relates to the dating arriving at a young earth. God is not as man that He should lie.

    In the 1800’s many did not believed it possible (even so called Christians) that Israel would ever be back in the land, they just couldn’t see how that could be possible; but God said it would happen and it did in May 1948.

    • Sean

      Amen!!!! And have you seen there is supposed to be 4 blood red moons again? Has only happened three times in 500 years-when the Jews were expelled from Spain, when the Israel nation was officially announced in 1948, and I believe at the start of the six day war.


  • ….

    You and the world are both fools, Pat Robertson. Do the math found in the bible. The world is only 6,248 years old.

  • Jesus miraculously made bread and fish, science could have examined them and said yep bluegills approximately 2-3 yrs old, yep bread, leavened, course ground flour, risen and baked approximately 45 min, God created Adam, science could have examined him, yep male, approximately 25 yrs old, yet we know the bread, fish and Adam were not that old, this is where science falls short, Mr. Ham brought it up over and over again, science observes something, say like the way the continental plates shift and assert that they have always shifted like that, that type of reasoning is flawed in view of an all powerful God. The real problem with this view is it makes Jesus a liar, He said “from the beginning of creation God made male and female” Mk 10:6. Either this a true statement or not, some have concluded not, thus the faith is damaged, many continue down this path on the road to ruin, it is very sad. Did God create a tree with rings? Did God create an earth with layers? Did not the all knowing God know where many would be concerning this issue? My advice is receive with meekness the implanted word which is able save your souls, also, repent and believe in the gospel.

  • Andrew

    Its sad when a simple faith in Gods Word is no longer enough.

    2Pe 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

    17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

  • Mike

    Pat, please retire, you are the one making a joke of yourself…again.

  • dd

    Oh my now satan has us arguing among ourselves. What a witness. Stop it now and act like Christian brothers and sisters. Get busy and start working for the Gospel and helping our fellow man. Pat Robertson shame on you for starting this, shut up if you can’t do better.

    • Sean

      Probably the most profound thing I have read in a while.
      Like Casting Crowns sings:

      what if we put down our picket signs and crossed over the line!


  • dd, Augustine on Genesis said much the same as Robertson. It is Ham who needs to be silent about his eisegesis of the Bible.

  • Debbie Baker

    God created Adam and Eve in a mature state (not babies), and plants and animals ready to reproduce after their kind, what is so far-fetched that HE created the earth in a mature state?
    That being said, I believe, just as the Bible says, He created the earth and everything in it in six, 24 hour days. There’s more than enough evidence to prove that this happened just as the Bible states. If you really want scientific answers, go to and for Biblically-based, scientific answers.

    • Sean


      I am not going to say it is the gospel truth because I can never really know right now, but I never thought about what you said. It might be a good point-God created the earth in a mature state.


  • jonathan chamblee

    the Presbyterian church spent 300,000 dollars to answer the question how old…. they couldn’t come to a answer, see the Hebrew word for day means ages , day , seasons etc … so is it possible for the world to be billions of years old ….why not? that doesn’t go against scripture

  • Sean

    Mr. Pat Robertson obviously has no clue of the evidence for a young earth, and the fact that man and dinosaurs lived together-just like atheists and other Christians. Or, maybe like atheists he is just willfully denying the truth. I wonder-does he believe God started evolution? Even though that is contrary to the fact that everything was pronounced good by God. Good???? Death and struggle is good???? Mr. Robertson-please tell me how soft, pliable tissue, with blood cells can last 65 million years! There have been at least a dozen findings of tissue and blood cells; all conveniently almost never talked about until the latest findings. What about “dragon legends” in every culture throughout the whole world and history? What about the not well reported facts that another linchpin of millions of years is not very accurate- one dating method hinges on carbon 14 being constant and it is not.

  • FlappyJaws

    Why do people still listen to anything Pat Robertson says? He became apostate many years ago. He says he speaks for God, but he doesn’t speak for the God of the Bible, because he refutes what God has said. Therefore we should not listen to him. Unfortunately, he gphas a huge audience to lie to. But God will not be mocked. So, I’d hate to be Robertson at judgment day.

  • disqus_SUijHfDO8w

    Because he is right on this issue and Christians need to get over a 6k old Earth and start seeing reality.

  • GLT

    “Christians need to get over a 6k old Earth and start seeing reality.”

    So what is reality in your opinion?