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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. mary

    Seriously ? " 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. " ?
    No , really ? there are THAT many stupid Americans that Flunk basic science or refuse to grasp it ?
    I suspect many 3rd world countries will surpass the USA soon given our rate of Stupid / 46% . . .
    Now That is depressing and sad sad sad .

    November 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Atheist Forever

      Well, this would explain why Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann are heroes I suppose....and why GWB got elected twice.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • FreddyCanuck

      Really? You're surprised at the number of mentally stunted Americans? Seems to me it's about the same number who voted Republican in November.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  2. SIVA CHOK

    There are men and women who believe in God. There are others who do not believe in God.
    The report is about the Bible that is based on the belief in God. Decency is expected from
    all men and women who want to be respected. It is not decent for non-believers to
    intrude upon a crowd of believers; this report is relevant to believers only.

    November 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • Orygun Duck

      There is a crowd of effete intellectuals who like a chance to sit in front of a glowing screen and try to push people around.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Huebert

      It is very arrogant of you to as.sume that you know better than I what is relevant to me.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      People should be given respect,

      Ideas have to stand or fall on their own merits.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • sam

      LOL

      November 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So, SIVA, when did you accomplish a hostile takeover of CNN?

      November 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  3. Lol just lol

    Christians cant recruit anybody to their Hallmark Card Hitler (Jesus) anymore,
    except for some uneducated poor people in South America or Asia,
    and with the ever-increasing spread of knowledge via the internet,
    that aint gonna work much longer either..................
    HEY CHRISTIANS--
    YOUR IMMORAL, HATE-FILLED, IDIOTIC FAIRY TALE IS DYING!!!
    HAHAHA!!!
    GOOD F'ING RIDDANCE!!!!!!!
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Atheist Forever

      Education has an inverse relationship with religious belief. Funny how that works isn't it?

      November 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Orygun Duck

      Maybe the fairy tale is in the science - as we all have become addicted to these electronics and our kids will wonder when the next atomic bomb will drop. Thank you . Life was once simpler.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Huebert

      Duck

      Life was never any simpler, your understanding of life was simpler.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Trav45

      Speaking of hate-filled...

      November 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  4. mariner v

    The God of Ra Has Spoken. "The world and the earth that lives within it is as old as Brother Robertson says it is." Whruurrrrrrrr. I have entrusted only the Evangelicals with this information because my disk drive is not working properly. Whuurrurrrrrrrrr!!!!!!

    November 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  5. Atheist Forever

    This will not be settled until the true leaders of this group speak out.....Michelle Bachmann, and Sarah Palin. They hold more sway with the knuckle dragging trailer trash demographic than Robertson.

    November 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  6. Pete Clarke

    Only education will have a true impact, scientific theory rules. Go to church you learn weird stuff, go to school you reach the age of reason...

    November 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • joseph

      you said it well pete clark. as long as people believe in god (fairy tale) this world will not be alright.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Orygun Duck

      I thank science for atomic bombs, but I guess the medical advances will make up for it.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • mariner v

      The unfortunate truth is that going to school does not necessarily translate into being educated or the age of enlightenment. It should but it doesn't . It's getting better but we've got a longgggggggg way to go.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Trav45

      LOL–you've obviously never taught high school.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • sybaris

      yup, religion and the worship of god(s) fly's you into buildings and wastes precious resources and time. Science cures diseases and improves quality of life.

      November 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
  7. Michelle

    And here is the moment when American Christianity sold its soul to buy votes for the GOP.

    November 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • joseph

      thats right michelle they would do anything in the name of their god.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Atheist Forever

      Robertson is simply a schizophrenic, like most "true believers"....these people behave erratically.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Pete Clarke

      Sooo right you are...

      November 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Huebert

      If by "sold it's soul" you mean "read a science book", then yes this is that moment.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  8. The Dude

    Whoa. This guy just gets harder and harder to pin down.

    November 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Atheist Forever

      Remember, that holding two-way conversations with invisible fairies would generally earn a diagnosis for schizophrenia.....it's just that religious nuts get a pass if they are talking to THEIR imaginary fairies. Those who actually believe in this stuff, and aren't just using religion to hide from personal responsibility, are truly sick individuals. Erratic behavior is to be expected, especially as they age.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      I cant wait till the age of reason is finally upon us.

      Long live the Cult of Dusty!

      November 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  9. Atheist Forever

    Religion was born of fear, and it remains a fear-based and illogical belief system to this day.

    In the beginning people feared the thunder, rain lightning, and seas. Because the could not explain how these things came to be or how they operated, they assigned separate fairies to each category. As man got (slightly) more intelligent, he mostly narrowed things down to ONE invisible sky fairy, that controlled everything.

    As it turns out, this was quite convenient, as it allowed ruthless control freaks to easily subjugate the masses, and it kept people in line (for the most part).

    Fast forward to today, and it is still a fear based thing. The fear today isn't so much of not understanding science, but of taking responsibility for one's self, for your destiny, your life, your family, your decisions, and yes, your morals. It is MUCH easier to hand all of the responsibility for those things over to an invisible sky fairy, than to own your own life in a difficult world.

    Only when the majority of stand up with courage, and face reality, and take ownership of their own lives, will this mythological nonsense end, allowing a more enlightened age to begin.

    November 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • Russ

      @ atheist forever:
      if evolution explains away our belief-forming faculties, why is that scalpel not equally turned upon evolution?

      "I believe in God" – only because you were programmed that way
      "I believe in morality" – only because you were programmed that way
      "I believe in evolution"...

      It's inconsistent at best.
      Per that topic, consider the below, especially starting around the 3rd minute...

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK0mjVcmcIo

      November 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • joseph

      i say these so called believers in god are being played like a fool by their religion leaders. believers become poorer despite working harder and the leaders are sitting poretty because they they have a flocks of fools.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Just a Guy

      WHY DO YOU READ THIS BLOG! If you don't agree with believers – do you think your ranting is going to make them change their beliefs?? I read this blog because as a believer I want to get other believer's perspective – its an interesting topic to me. People like you are intolerant. Your belief in God is just a matter of time.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Russ,

      You just keep posting unfounded assertions.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • keith

      Yet no science or scientist can make spheres of gases and water revolve around spheres of fire. Not even on a small scale using all available tools. Why?

      November 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Bring'em young

      Just a guy
      Why does it frustrate you so, that on a belief blog ( not a faith blog, nor religion blog) people aren't free to say what they believe. Is your belief so fragile that one person challenging it is going to do you some harm. It is you who seems intolerant. The first amendment guarantees free speech, yet you would curtail it because someone disagrees with you? How un-American, but so very christian.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Russ

      @ Cheesemaker: as the video points out, this criticism is not simply mine.
      The New Republic (a leading atheist publication) has leveled this critique.
      But why does the source change the issue: the logic destroys the argument.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Atheist Forever

      Russ....you have two way conversations with invisible fairies.

      At that point, you lose all credibility. You are most likely schizophrenic, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed. Either way, no intelligent person would listen to a word you say.

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

      You can believe in god, and god may exist but at this point there is no foundation for it except arguments from ignorance. When you can't show me that anything is supernatural, there is not reason to think a supernatural thing exists. Einstein postulated black holes but did not believe they actually existed in nature, only later was his postulation proven correct with evidence to support it.

      Morality exists, it has foundation and evidence for its existence, the argument rests on where it comes from.

      The belief in evolution came about as a product of the evidence. With proper evidence you could change my mind that evolution is false, but that is still not proof of a god. No one believed evolution was true until after the evidence for it was provided.

      Let me ask you a question, hypothetically, would there or could there EVER be enough evidence provided to you to convince you that a god does not exist?

      November 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • RationalistArgument

      science does not equal belief....the premise of his argument is already flawed.

      November 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Russ has a fixation (it's probably misplaced s3xual frustration) with "consistency."

      November 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • RationalistArgument

      @Russ
      Your, and Tim Keller's, argument in that video makes no sense, but Tim is eloquent enough and just not *quite* dumb enough that his argument *appears* to make sense (to other middle of the road, rather unintelligent people, who consider themselves quite intelligent). There is no "belief" in Evolution or any scientific concept. It's all about probability. What is most likely to be true about whatever we are observing? That's the ultimate question that science asks...and any rational, halfway intelligent human should ask. Scientific knowledge is simply the best knowledge we have *GIVEN CURRENT TECHNOLOGY AND OBSERVATION*. Once we have more observations available, and maybe better technology, we may improve on that knowledge...or completely abandon it. That's not "belief" in anything...it's quite the opposite...a rational person constantly doubts his/her knowledge, and always looks for more knowledge that may explain something better.

      continued in next post....

      November 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • RationalistArgument

      We all know what religion is..."it says in the X book, so I believe it." End of discussion. That's belief right there...no logic or reason applied whatsoever.

      November 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • RationalistArgument

      Any attempt at applying "logic" to explain the bible by people who are believers and still think of themselves as rather intelligent (self-delusion is a symptom/cause of religious belief) always ends up in ridiculous arguments....

      November 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • RationalistArgument

      ...that keep referring back to the source of the problem (any religious text/story) as the authoritative, indisputable proof for the ridiculous argument.

      November 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • RationalistArgument

      So, if Tim Keller stopped deluding himself with his logical fallacies, and stopped convincing others that he actually makes sense (he seems to have convinced you), then the world would already be a better place...And this is just ONE argument I picked out of the whole video that was full of illogical argumentation.

      November 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Russ

      @ Atheist Forever: by your own reckoning, the vast majority of the planet is schizophrenic and lacks credibility.
      THAT strains credibility.
      At what point will you turn your skepticism inward?

      November 30, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • Russ

      @ Cheesemaker: the way you have couched the question, you presuppose your own answer. Ironically, *existence itself* IS the very thing you are asking for. your appeal for evidence misses the fact that the very thing you are looking for is self-evident.

      you exist. you didn't make yourself. and ironically, you're not even humbled by the shallowness of the arguments arrayed for your support (infinite regress, something out of nothing, etc.). you fail to see the level of *faith* you have presupposed before you even get to the discussion of science.

      science itself (by its own definitions!) cannot address metaphysics. and yet it presupposes existence – without addressing the question. now you turn to science to get it to answer a question it cannot – *by definition.* That is not science, but scientism. And the lack of awareness of the distinction is why you fail to see your argument is self-refuting. you are doing the very leap of faith you criticize.

      November 30, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • Russ

      @ Rationalist:
      even Nietzsche calls atheists out on this point of "belief" in science...
      "It is still a metaphysical faith that underlies our faith in science." (the Gay Science)

      it's the difference between science and scientism. instead of letting science function as it is – merely WITHIN the realm of human observation – you attempt to force it to answer metaphysical questions. As I said above, you're trying to get science to do something it cannot by definition. Failing to see that is why you think you are immune to your own criticisms when they actually are self-refuting.

      No, Keller is not calling out the human discipline of science.
      He (& Nietzsche, for that matter) is calling out a faith that goes under the guise of science: namely, scientism.

      November 30, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Russ,

      You have added special pleading to your fallacies, you have no evidence for your god and your god is in no way self-evident. Your presuppositional apologetics is tiresome. I could use your argument and presuppose a group of gods and it would not only be as vaild as your god, but have better support.

      And please answer the question, is there any amount of evidence you would accept that would disprove god to you?

      November 30, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
    • Russ

      @ Cheesemaker: I did answer your question – and you already admitted you find my approach "tiresome."
      You assume the answer to your question in your question – especially since I find your question to be self-refuting.
      But I already told you that. The *evidence* – as you say – undermines your question, since existence itself is the evidence.
      If there were no evidence, we wouldn't be having this conversation – we wouldn't exist.

      November 30, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      So your answer is no. And according to your premise it is not falsifiable because if it were we would not be here. So how do you know it is true? You don't. "We are here.....therefore god! With logic like that who needs reason...you can make up anything you want and justify it.

      That has to be one of the top insipid argument for the existence of god I have ever heard.

      December 1, 2012 at 1:04 am |
    • Russ

      @ Cheesemaker: sorry for the delay. i just saw your response.

      to be direct, the Bible puts it this way...
      "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." (Rom.1:20)

      In other words, existence itself should be ample reason to believe in a power higher than yourself – even if not particularly the God of the Bible. So yes, the Bible states bluntly that all of humanity is without excuse in light of existence itself.

      Again, science cannot address metaphysics. Attempting to explain religion away through science is failing to see the distinction between science and scientism.

      But since you need to hear it from another angle (than the Bible), here's an article from a current scientific journal on this very topic...
      http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/the-folly-of-scientism

      December 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  10. Fritz Hohenheim

    First his turn on Marihuana and now this. The man may finally develop some common sense 🙂

    November 30, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  11. Just a Guy

    @Just another Guy

    your right not to believe is just as fundamental as my right to believe – so its OK to have your view in the civil discourse but not others that don't agree with you – thats very fair of you! so if you don't agree – why read this blog? Who is forcing what on whom now?

    November 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • joseph

      you do

      November 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • Just another Guy

      That's not what I said in my response. I said the christians want to impose their view on the rest of us – school curricula, displays on civic buildings, bells ringing for services, who can marry whom, who controls a woman's body, etc

      November 30, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
  12. Dave Harris

    How does Pat Robertson know that Jesus didn't ride a dinosaur? You can visit a theme park in Orlando and see him doing just that. This is what 46% (are you sure it's not 47%?) believe, and they're all Republicans.

    November 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • joseph

      jesus christ needs a hair cut.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Dave Harris

      And he needs to get a job.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • joseph

      thats right instead of being a parasite on people's tidings

      November 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • Shootmyownfood

      And he looks oddly like a northern European. Strange!

      November 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • Atheist Forever

      Sarah Palin says jeebus had a pet dinosaur.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  13. LynneSki

    I've always been told by my super conservative christian friends that "my time and Gods time" is not the same thing. I take that to mean that in a way both theories are correct...God did create the world in 6 days...those days were just not in our 24 hour time frame...they were God time days. So both evolution and creation are in some ways, correct!

    November 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Dave Harris

      Sounds like double-talk to me, but whatever floats your boat.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @LynneSki,

      I have no concerns with people who synthesize an acceptance of well established scientific theory for the age of the earth with a belief in God.

      There is no reason a Christian cannot hold both of these positions. It really doesn't matter if you take the 'days' in Genesis as arbitrary units of time. The ordering is still incorrect. At best, Genesis 1 and 2 need to be taked allegorically. There's nothing wrong with that mind you.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • joseph

      wrong. you believe somebody told you so. ok then believe me there is santa clause

      November 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • charmed

      I totally agree and have felt that way for a very long time. Our concept of time could quite well be different from Gods.I dont know understand why science and religion have to be at odds... could there not have been a Big Bang as it were that was set into motion by God.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  14. speakout77

    Well the earth is more than 6000 years old and evolution fails as a theory, so they are both wrong. Both these statements are strongly supported scientifically. Surprised? Evolution really is junk science and young earth creation is superficial reading of scripture. Put the best facts together as we know them and what stands in creation by God a lvery ong time ago.

    November 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      No science supports a 6,000 year old earth.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • ME II

      "... evolution fails as a theory,... [is] strongly supported scientifically."
      Please, cite your source for this scientific support.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • joseph

      anybody who believe in god will believe with pat robertson thats why they tidings to religions because they don't have common sense. so if some religion says the earth is 100 yrs old they will believe it. they would still believe if those religion says banana is an apple. i call that fairy tale like a child believe in santa clause and find out later its not true.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • Dave Harris

      I always wondered how people who know nothing about evolution, geology, or science in general can be so sure it's all a fraud. Even if you don't know enough to make your own judgement, who's more credible, legitimate scientists or Republican politicians?

      November 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Sane Person

      Hmm, evolution supported by facts, observations, evidence, 120 years of study, dna, results, or a magic riddle book. Yea, I can see how it would be difficult to choose the correct answer.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  15. bonwood72

    Okay, so I would agree with Robertson when he says Ussher wasn't inspired. Is Robertson inspired when he give predictions that don't come to pass as most of them don't?

    November 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  16. Mikky_H

    "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. "

    46%?! Forty Six Percent?! Wow. Science education needs an overhaul methinks.

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

      AMEN, brother!

      November 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Tom

      No, science education is not what needs overhauling. How about the ignorance of 46% (or is it really "47%") of US citizens? They've been brainwashed and programmed their entire lives. Science changes, stupidity doesn't.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Atheist Forever

      Truly a tragic fact....so sad.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  17. mama k

    I'm still laughing over the last part of this post from someone named Mike this morning:

    "Someone over at the 700 Club needs to reign him in before he goes totally sane."

    November 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Atheist Forever

      His state of sanity is coming full circle it appears...back to the sane.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  18. Roarz

    The creator of anything would have to exist outside of the creation! I believe that GOD, a being existing outside of our understanding of time and space created what you and I would refer to as our universe. Someone or something had to put all the elements in place for a big bang to happen! I have no idea when all of this happened. BUT I know there are thousands or millions of THEORIES out there about all kinds of SH_T. I sure believe that I am not random and none of you are either. I think science is important, we need it. I think of Science as searching and understanding our universe from our human worldly perspective.

    November 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Bring'em young

      You say someone or something had to put everything in place.

      Incorrect.

      Just because you don't understand science doesn't mean you should jump to such rediculous presuppositions.
      One thing we do know for sure, men created god in his own image. Men created all gods, and all religions.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • ME II

      @Roarz,
      "Someone or something had to put all the elements in place for a big bang to happen!"
      And yet you seem willing to accept the existence of God 'out of nothing'?

      November 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Atheist Forever

      All of your arguments against science are AT LEAST as much arguments against imaginary fairies. At least in we can see and examine much in science. Show me some evidence of your invisible friend that you talk to at night. If you argue that "something had to create the universe" then I say the same applies to your imaginary friend. Well, who created him?

      November 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  19. JohnK

    How many idiots can dance on the head of a pin?

    November 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Bring'em young

      Are you still singing with Steppenwolf?

      November 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Orygun Duck

      How many scientists have there hand our for funding??

      November 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • ME II

      @Orygun Duck,
      I'm guessing all of them, why?

      November 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • jimbo

      How many uneducated people who don't know the difference between there and their believe in a sky fairly and think scientists are money grubbing evil-doers out to corrupt the world?

      November 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Orygun Duck

      Science and religion have one thing in common - money rules!

      November 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  20. Just a Guy

    To the intolerant: there are those of us that believe – live with it and get off this blog – don't you have hate to spread elsewhere

    November 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Just another Guy

      There are those of us who don't believe. We don't want your religion or any other being forced into our civil discourse and our private lives. Get over it.

      November 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • ME II

      @Just a Guy,
      "To the intolerant: ... get off this blog"

      Hmmm... see anything wrong here?

      November 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Atheist Forever

      And there is a large, and ever-increasing percentage that are SICK AND TIRED of this idiotic mythology holding our world back, and want more people to start accepting reality instead of having conversations with invisible sky fairies.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Just remember. Religion began the argument. It amplifies itself before the world. And it threatens all mankind with punishment upon its rejection.

      And as long as religion insists on fixing human beings who are not broken, we will respond with the evidence that we are not the problem.

      November 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
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