Following the debate on evolution between Bill Nye and creationist Ken Ham, of the Creation Museum, a new voice wants to be heard. According to the Huffington Post on Feb. 5, the outspoken 700 Club host Pat Robertson wants Ken Ham to essentially stuff it.
It seems like a rare moment for Robertson, but he does do arguments and controversy like it’s his job. On Wednesday night’s 700 Club, Robertson attacked Ham’s view of Young Earth Creationism, specifically the idea that the Earth is only 6,000 years old. He brought forth the dinosaurs and geological features as evidence of a much older Earth, saying that dinosaur skeletons can be 65 million years ago.
He noted that the bishop who came up with the thought that Earth might only be a few thousand years old just got his simple math wrong. Robertson said, “Let’s face it, there was a bishop… who added up the dates listed in Genesis and he came up with the world had been around for 6,000 years. There aint’ no way that’s possible…”
But Robertson isn’t going to agree with Nye either. He clarifies that though he believes a big bang was what started life on Earth, he believes that God was the one to get the ball rolling.
Perhaps concerned about his image, Robertson asserted, “Let’s be real. Let’s not make a joke of ourselves.”
Ham and Robertson have butted heads before when in 2012 Ham criticized Robertson for leading his followers “astray” and spreading destructive teachings. This call-out seems to be Robertson’s response to that particular comment, without as much personal involvement.
About 3 million people tuned into the debate between Ham and Nye and following the debate, the internet has continued the discussion. At the end, if you don’t want to say that Bill Nye won the debate soundly with facts, you can definitely just say that Ken Ham and creationism’s “credibility” lost.