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Pat Robertson challenges creationism
Pat Robertson: "There was a time when these giant reptiles were on the Earth, and it was before the time of the Bible."
November 29th, 2012
04:04 PM ET

Pat Robertson challenges creationism

By Dan Merica, CNN
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Washington (CNN) – Televangelist Pat Robertson challenged the idea that Earth is 6,000 years old this week, saying the man who many credit with conceiving the idea, former Archbishop of Ireland James Ussher, “wasn’t inspired by the Lord when he said that it all took 6,000 years.”

The statement was in response to a question Robertson fielded Tuesday from a viewer on his Christian Broadcasting Network show "The 700 Club.” In a submitted question, the viewer wrote that one of her biggest fears was that her children and husband would not go to heaven “because they question why the Bible could not explain the existence of dinosaurs.”

“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,” Robertson said. “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.”

Before answering the question, Robertson acknowledged the statement was controversial by saying, “I know that people will probably try to lynch me when I say this.”

“If you fight science, you are going to lose your children, and I believe in telling them the way it was,” Robertson concluded.

Forty-six percent of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form at one point within the past 10,000 years, according to a survey released by Gallup in June. That number has remained unchanged for the past 30 years, since 1982, when Gallup first asked the question on creationism versus evolution.

The Gallup poll has not specifically asked about views on the age of the Earth.

Ussher’s work, from the mid-1600s, is widely cited by creationists as evidence that Earth is only a few thousand years old. Answer in Genesis, the famed Christian creationist ministry behind the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, cites Ussher as proof of Earth’s age. They describe the archbishop as “a brilliant scholar who had very good reasons for his conclusions concerning the date of creation.”

For Christians who read the creation account in Genesis literally, the six days in the account are strictly 24-hour periods and leave no room for evolution. Young Earth creationists use this construct and biblical genealogies to determine the age of the Earth, and typically come up with 6,000 to 10,000 years.

Most scientists, however, agree that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old and the universe is 14.5 billion years old.

The idea of creationism has been scorned by the mainstream scientific community since shortly after Charles Darwin introduced "The Origin of Species" in 1859. By 1880, The American Naturalists, a science journal, reported nearly every major university in America was teaching evolution.

The question about Earth’s age has been in the news recently. Earlier this month, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida attempted to walk the line between science and faith-based creationism in remarks that that provoked the ire of liberal blogs and left the door open to creationism.

“I'm not a scientist, man,” Rubio told GQ’s Micheal Hainey. “I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that's a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States.”

- CNN’s Eric Marrapodi contributed to this report.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Christianity • Creationism • Evolution

soundoff (4,408 Responses)
  1. CJA

    What's worse then 47% of adults not understanding evolution is that in some schools here in Los Angeles about the same number of 9th grade kids will fail biology class. I wonder if there is any correlation?

    I'd bet that 90% of those who know enough basic biology to write a short essay on cell mitosis and DNA replication would also say "evolution is obvious and is the basis for of all of modern biology".

    On the other hand I'd bet those who fail the above high school level essay question make up the bulk the the 47%.

    In other words they believe in magic because to then science is also magic

    In defense of most mainstream Christians, only the radical fundamentalists think the Earth is only a few thousand years old. The largest group of Christians (Catholics) see no conflict in science and their religion.

    November 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • ME II

      Yeah for Catholics!

      (wait that doesn't sound right)

      November 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      "The largest group of Christians (Catholics) see no conflict in science and their religion."

      That's not true. The assertion people have souls and the implications they claim for that killed a woman in Ireland last month when science could have prevented her death by aborting her non-viable fetus, the child was going to die either way but because they are a Catholic country they would not abort and the mother ended up dying a horrifically painful death. Shame on the Catholic church, the woman was not Catholic, she was Hindu.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @BATC

      Whether abortion is right or wrong is not a scientifc question.

      I will agree with CJAs point that Catholics do in general accept the established theories of science as God's plan for the ordering of the world.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Non-GOPer,

      The basis for the Catholic churches contention that abortion is wrong is based on the idea that people have souls. There is no evidence for a soul. Their argument is one of assertion.

      How about when the church promotes the claim in Africa that condom use leads to the spread of AIDS which fly's in the face of medical knowledge?

      The Catholic church may not refute cosmology or evolution directly but it still has conflicts in other scientific areas.

      November 30, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @BATC,

      The soul is a purely theological construct. They don't insist that it is scientifically derived. Catholics also believe that the wafer and wine are the body and blood of Christ. Clearly these do not have the scientifically measurable physical composition of either flesh or blood.

      "How about when the church promotes the claim in Africa that condom use leads to the spread of AIDS"

      Really? That would surprise me. They certainly object to condom use, but on purely theological grounds.

      November 30, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      In 2003, contrary to empirical evidence, the president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family – "senior spokesman" Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo – claimed that condoms are permeable to the aids virus. He explained to BBC interviewers that "The Aids virus is roughly 450 times smaller than the spermatozoon. The spermatozoon can easily pass through the 'net' that is formed by the condom." These false claims were echoed by an archbishop of Nairobi, as well as by Catholics as far Asia and Latin America. Also according to The Guardian, the BBC confirmed that this misinformation has real, damaging effects at the ground level.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/oct/09/aids

      November 30, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
  2. Wrathbrow

    All people are born Atheists. From their they are instructed what is the truth, and shunned if they question these so called truths to much. What we are finding is a lot of people feel that religion is under attack, when in most cases (not all, most) it is that they are being questioned and challenged on what they say, and they are not used to or comfortable with that. The same thing can happen with science (often junk science) where people look in to something an then make a theory that does not hold up well with other evidence proves otherwise. Most good science has gotten used to that process, but some religions have not and are not willing to change.

    November 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • joseph

      thats right. when in doubt asked questions. if they cannot proved it then its a FAIRY TALE

      November 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Atheist Forever

      Religion is mythology. In 2012, it's sometimes hard to grasp that so many ignorant people still believe in fairy tales, and base their lives around them.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • joseph

      to atheist forever

      YOU SAID WELL.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Wrathbrow

      A small correction, not if they can be proved, but what does the evidence point to the truth being. No one can prove a murder or other even if they are not there, or other things from the past, but evidence on things examined shows us what the truth is. And that process gets refined so we get a better understanding of the truth.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  3. Citizen

    The Bible was never intended to answer all questions, especially science. It is a religious text. The Early Church did not come up with this idea; New World Creation is a relatively new idea historically. It has many references that cannot be taken literally. For example, where on earth can we go to visit the pillars that hold up the sky? I must say that Pat Robertson has finally brought forward the discussion. Hopefully, one day we can put this to rest.

    November 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • joseph

      WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN SMOKING? SHARE IT WITH US SO WE CAN SEE WHAT YOU SAW.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • Athy

      joseph, turn off your fucking caps lock please.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • joseph

      RELIGION IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL. LISTEN TO THE SONG IMAGINE BY JOHN LENNON INSTEAD OF MAKE BELIEVE BIBLE

      November 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • joseph

      @ ATHY
      WHATS WRONG IWTH CAPS LOCK.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • chuckb

      @Joseph – Imagine John Lennon – that's funny! That's why it's called "imagine".... because it's an escape from reality.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Atheist Forever

      It will only be put to rest when people finally let go of fairy tales and mythology, and face REALITY, face facts, and accept the fact that only YOU are responsible for your life, how you live, how you die (in most cases).

      November 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  4. Well,

    “Most scientists, however, agree that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old and the universe is 14.5 billion years old.”

    Okay, straightforward science.

    “If you fight science, you are going to lose your children, and I believe in telling them the way it was,” Robertson concluded.

    Well, that’s hopeful.

    “Forty-six percent of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form at one point within the past 10,000 years, according to a survey released by Gallup in June.”

    Oh, carp!

    “Answer in Genesis, the famed Christian creationist ministry behind the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, cites Ussher as proof of Earth’s age. They describe the archbishop as ‘a brilliant scholar who had very good reasons for his conclusions concerning the date of creation.’”

    And, we’re doomed!

    November 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • joseph

      no proof no evidence no facts NO GOD. ITS YOUR MIND TRICKING YOU TO BELIEVE OR U GOT BRAINWASH SINCE U WERE BORN

      November 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Well,

      IS U AGREE WIT MEE OR IS U SPEEKIN EENGLEESH AS PHOREEN LANGAGE?

      November 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  5. Atheist Forever

    "Oh great invisible sky daddy, please help me to understand your word, when I read the invisible sky daddy guide book, and help lead me to the great invisible sky city. You are the source of all love and kindness, so pllease help me to avoid angering you so that you don't throw me into the invisible pit of fire with the invisible horned devil for eternity. Please help save me from myself."

    – Faithful Christian

    November 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • Brimstone

      Nailed it...

      November 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      !

      November 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  6. no nothing

    The bible said it, I don't believe, that settles it

    November 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Atheist Forever

      Which one of the hundred different versions are we talking about? My favorite is the mormom bible, where the jesus zombie comes back to life again in the old West of America during the 1800s.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  7. NorthVanCan

    Are we still debating the existence of beliefs ?

    November 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  8. Ed

    Based on my reading of the scriptures. A regular day is 1000 years in Gods view. So what may seem a long time to us humans, is just a blink of an eye in Gods. However, a creative day, ie... in the # of days it took to create the earth, etc. is
    different. A creative day is 7,000 years long. So, that would be 42,000+ years and not 6,000+ years. Just saying...

    November 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • Athy

      Wow, Ed. Thanks for clearing that up. Now it all makes sense.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Roger that

      Here's a tip. Never start an argument with "Based on my reading of the scriptures."

      November 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Bring'em young

      So since humans have lived on earth for around 200,000 years, where did they live?

      November 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • joseph

      GIVE ME A PROOF OR EVIDENCE ON WHAT YOU READ.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Athy

      joseph, turn off your fucking caps lock please.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • ME II

      That's only 0.0008% less silly.

      ((42,000-6,000)/4.5b) = .0008%

      November 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • Atheist Forever

      Someone has been studying their invisible sky daddy guide book! Christians like you give the invisible sky spirit a woody.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Ed

      The concept behind the creative day equaling 7000 years comes from calculating Bible chronology, which notes that from the creation of Adam to the beginning of Christ’s 1000 year reign is 6000 years. Then Christ’s reign is 1000 years. The last creative day, day 7, God rested and man was created. At the end of the 7th day, mankind would achieve what they had originally been intended to receive by being created in the first place but had lost due to Adam/Eve's sin.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • godtouchesitself

      So when your god touches himself, how much time does his_ejaculation take?

      November 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • chuckb

      Ed, I'm really trying to help you when I say this: It says one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. All that is saying is that God is not constrained by time. A creative day is not 1000 years, 7000 years, or a billion years – it is one day (the evening and the morning were the first day). Trying to fit the worlds beliefs in to God's truths just makes a Christian look worse. Take it for what it says – a day, Adam was over 900 years old, etc. Don't make excuses or try to make it "gel" like Pat is doing here.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  9. curtmanda

    And especially Catholicism is obsolete! HAHAHHAH!

    November 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • joseph

      THATS RIGHT CURTMANDA YOU GOT. GOD IS FAIRY TALE LIKE TOOTH FAIRY WRITTEN BY MAN ON SCROLLS THEN SOMEBODY PUT IT TOGETHER AND CALLED BIBLE. BOOM THERE GOES GOD PEDDLED BY A SALESMAN TO PEOPLE WHOSE BRAINS ARE UNDER DEVELOPED

      November 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • Athy

      joseph, turn off your fucking caps lock please.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  10. curtmanda

    No god, no proof, religion is obsolete

    November 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  11. MrApplesauce

    "Forty-six percent of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form at one point within the past 10,000 years, according to a survey released by Gallup in June."

    If 47% of Americans are moochers, then 46% of Americans are stone cold idiots.

    November 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • joseph

      THATS RIGHT.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  12. joseph

    THERE IS NO GOD. END OF DISCUSSION. NO PROOF NO NO FACTS NO ARGUMENT

    November 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • curtmanda

      Simply stated and beautifully. Thank you!

      November 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • DanW

      Well, Joseph, I saw a bumper sticker recently that said "The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it." So you are going to have to find that car and persuade the owner to remove the sticker.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Madtown

      Well, there's definitely no argument that your caps-lock key is stuck. Not sure about the other stuff.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • Just a Guy

      Non-believers are a heartbeat away from knowing the Truth – any why read this blog if you are a non-believer? Don't you have anything better to do?

      November 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • chuckb

      He says as he bows to his creator.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  13. jimbo0117

    When will humans progress to the point where we no longer feel it necessary to invoke deities to explain things that we don't understand?

    It's a rather primitive approach to dealing with life, isn't it?

    November 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Rob-Texas

      Isn't it primative to think the you/we are some how smarter than anchient mankind? You do realize that the renissance was not the begining of knowledge? It was actully the remergance of some of the knowledge that was lost during the dark ages. if acheolgoists tomorrow find the Egyptian light bulb, or the Indian flying machines, will you reconcider the arrogance of the 21st centery?

      November 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Athy

      Rob, you really need to work on your spelling.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • jimbo0117

      Congratulations Rob, you completely missed my point, had by my count eight misspellings in four sentences, and were almost completely incoherent – all in one post!

      November 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  14. keratoid

    none of this changes the FACT that Pat Robertson, is as stupid and useful as a BAG OF WET HAIR.. crawl back under the rock Pat..

    November 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • ME II

      Don't they make wigs out of bags of hair?

      November 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  15. chuckb

    It always amazes me how many non-believers seem to be so interested in the Belief Blog. Searching for Belief? Or just looking to destroy others because you have no hope?

    November 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      How easy it must be to view something like that in black and white like that. Try asking instead of assuming it's one of those two, it makes you look less like a douche.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • ME II

      Simply attempting to counter the flood of misinformation that usually flows in such venues.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Bring'em young

      Belief blog indicates people are free to discuss beliefs, such as the belief that all religions are false and man-made.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Brimstone

      I only post here because I don't need to sign into facebook to do so...

      November 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Wrathbrow

      I'm a believer. I believe in peer reviewed science, and rigorous examination of statements, and that includes religion as well as those stated to be science. The broad idea of belief is not under the ownership of Christianity, Islam, atheism or any other belief system.
      In addition the topic of this article directly speaks on a topic and information about science as well as biblical belief. In some countries questioning what is said is not accepted, if that is the point your trying to make, groups like the Taliban would agree with you.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • chuckb

      @Hawaiiguest – sorry but as I read the posts that's the conclussion I come to – very few are interested in "beliefs" or the article, the rest are just here because they have an axe to grind against religion.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • chuckb

      @Wrath – I can understand what you are saying, but I think you would have to agree that most articles and posts are obviously attacking Christianity and the Belief in the Bible as the Word of God.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @chuckb

      Making that generalization can only be justified if you have read every single comment, and since you made it about the "belief blog", that would go for every article. It was hyperbole, and you should just admit to it if only so you can save face.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • Wrathbrow

      For sure there are people that will troll and make fun of others. But don't cast all of a group with the posts of others. Look, I think Christianity, and the bible and god are all a bunch of stories. I also am willing to let others believe that and I'm not going to call them names. Doing so IMO distracts from any good points people may have or make. I can even see I think where some of this comes from, it can be comforting to people. I can go with people saying: my belief is, but I an understand why others may not want to believe that.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • chuckb

      @Hawaii – Wow really? Really? I guess you just answered one of my questions. By your standards then – none who has not read and studied every word of the Bible should comment either.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @chuckb

      Nice Straw Man. Well I'm out if you're not even going to admit to hyperbole. Close minded idiocy like yours doesn't deserve rational argumentation.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • chuckb

      @Wrath – well put.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • chuckb

      @hawaii – I'm sorry, I'm just a dumb Christian who doesn't understand those big words you just used. But, thanks again for showing me which catagory you fall under. It's so funny that you say my beliefs are black and white and closed minded yet you guys think I should believe we evolved from monkeys from which there is no, yet you will probably also call black and white.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Bring'em young

      chuckb
      No we don't expect you to believe we evolved from monkeys.
      We did evolve from apes with a common ancestor with monkeys. If your going to go against the archeological record, at least get it right.
      Glad I could help.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • chuckb

      @Bring You really need to go study the truth of this archeaological record as you call it. Creating a skull or entire skeleton from a 3 inch fragment of bone does not make a "record". You are being lied to.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Bring'em young

      chuckb
      No I am not being lied to. You clearly do not understand the shear enormity of information and evidence that has been collected, studied, checked, re-checked and re-rechecked. In terms of the records, the closer to our time we look the more complete the information. You might have a point if we are talking dinasaurs, but not in re: to mammals and all other creatures who have lived in the last few million years.
      I can see you will never be able to comprehend it with only a fragment of intelligence though.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • chuckb

      @Bring Wow! I guess not, because from everything I hear and see we have found tons of dinosaur bones and even complete skeletons. But, even the most repected scientists say that that there is only a total of bone fragment equal to less than an 8 x 10 room on the human ancestry with Lucy being the most complete skeleton (which is still missing a lot of bones). And Lucy has been written off by many scientist as just a woman with a severe case of arthritis. So, complete opposite of what you just said.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Bring'em young

      chuckb
      Again you show how little you understand, and how out of date your information is.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • chuckb

      Hmmm – they must have discovered a boat load in the past year or so. You think I would have heard more about these amazing massive finds that prove it all. Thanks, I'll go looking more, should be easy to find.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  16. lol??

    It's a little game scientists play. What continent can claim the oldest commie? It pays quite well.

    November 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • JustRight

      Commie? That makes no sense....i suppose asia wins

      November 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  17. bluey

    ......is what i would say if i was dumb....ha ha it was a joke, no one is really stupid enough to believe that junk i posted

    November 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • bluey

      That's about as low as anyone has ever gone on this forum, to impersonate someone else...worm slime

      November 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • JustRight

      Hmmm....I wouldnt be mad bluey, your impersonator made you look intelligent for a second (far better that your original post anyway)

      November 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • bluey

      Worm slime? Arent you supposed to turn the other cheek? Hey if you post stupid stuff youre gonna get messed with

      November 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • bluey

      In the case I'd prefer an eye for an eye actually. It's obvious this forum has turned into playtime for atheists and other idiots...so you win...last time I ever post anything for a bunch of dip s h it s to dribble over. I look forward to the day Christians are forced to fight...it's gonna be a lot of fun!

      November 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • bluey

      Ok bye little laldy Im gonna miss your super intelligent posts 🙁 PS im sorry for picking on you while you have your period

      November 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • bluey

      I'd really love to meet you face to face you gutless twerp. Why don't see how long you can hold your breath for us.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • bluey

      That sounds like a lot of fun! I bet youre a riot at a party. I dont think youll fit in with my friends though (all educated) but maybe we can find a nice trailerpark to hang out in so youll feel at home.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  18. bluey

    I would recommend a movie called "The Genesis Code" that looks at creation from God's perspective and not ours. God created the universe, therefore he was not in the universe. If a person travelled towards the blackhole at beyond the speed of light he may only travel for a few days/weeks (whatever) but those days/weeks equate to thousands of years here on earth. Anyway movie does a great job of demonstrating that through this theory creation and the scientific time lines actually line up and in fact both are correct. Here's something I pulled from the website: "The example used with the movie is of the narrowing of time within a singularity or curved gravitational space. By God's perspective, 6 days is not what our time dictates by perspective and frame of reference. When the 6 days are paired with what science says happens on each of these epics of time by our perspective, they match."

    November 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Tanker

      So, God is Captian Kirk and Genisis is a bad Star Trek episode?

      November 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Tod

      If God wasn't in the universe, where was he? How did he come into being?

      November 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Tanker

      And just to beat a dead horse further:

      So, God created a black hole, then got stuck in it, then created the universe while in the black hole (somehow getting it out), and then created animals and such?

      Wow, no wonder he needed to rest on the 7th day. Poor guy must have been exhausted.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      "I would recommend a movie called "The Genesis Code" that looks at creation from God's perspective and not ours."

      I didn't need to read farther than this line. Unless they sat down and interviewed God they did not get his perspective. It was a man's perspective on what he thinks "God thinks". That is the same mistake the belivers in the bible make.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      Okay, I would worship Captain Kirk.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Jackson

      Methuselah was said to be 900 years old. He wasn't in the black hole, so how do you explain that nonsense?

      Adam and Eve had two kids, Cain and Abel. Cain had a wife. How?

      November 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Fred

      So, you using a science backed movie to tell us that the earth was made in 6 days. lol
      Get your head out of your a– and look around to see the real world.
      I am waiting to see this movie on the Sci-Fi channel.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • ME II

      @bluey,
      That movie was horrible, and not just from a scientific stand point.
      In their logarithmic timescale they started with 15 billion years as the age of the universe, which is incorrect and throw off their 6 days of creation. Also, their concept that time dilattion accounts for the day-epoc disparity is flawed because neither God nor man would be in a frame of reference where there is enough changing amount of gravition/acceleration required for the changing time-dilation effect.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Brimstone

      Most silly tw-ats just stop at "god did it" and then go braindead. I gotta give you credit though for your entertaining, albeit halfbaked attempt at explaining a god driven universe creation using black holes and time dilation. Kudos!

      November 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @bluey,

      "looks at creation from God's perspective"

      seems a bit presumptive, don't you think?

      November 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  19. Eric G

    The world has changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost. For none now live who remember it. It began with the forging of the great rings. Three were given to the elves, immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings. Seven to the Dwarf Lords, great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls. And nine, nine rings were gifted to the race of men, who above all else desired power. For within these rings was bound the strength and will to govern each race. But they were all of them deceived for another ring was made. In the land of Mordor, in the fires of Mount Doom, the dark Lord Sauron forged in secretl a master ring, to control all others and into this ring, he poured his cruelty, his malice, and his will to dominate all life. One ring to rule them all

    November 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Tanker

      Galadriel, babe, how you doing!

      November 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  20. Josh

    The Big Bang Theory was purposed by a Roman Catholic priest, Fr. Georges Lemaitre. At the time, Pope Pius XI embraced it, as proof of God; the Big Bang and God's moment of creation of the Universe, were one in the same.

    November 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Tod

      That's what it looked like to them in the beginning but, as more and more was revealed, the need for a God to be involved in the Big Bang became less and less "obvious". As things stand now, the best minds all agree that no God was necessary.

      November 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      But the preist did not use religion to come to his conclusion, and the argument that the big bang means "god did it " is one of ignorance.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
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