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Televangelist Pat Robertson said on Thursday’s episode of The 700 Club that he doubts most Christians are “stupid enough” to believe the Earth is only 7,000 years old.

  • Robertson’s remarks came in response to a viewer’s question asking why his show promotes the “old Earth” theory as opposed to “the other biblical viewpoint which is believed by most Christians?”

“I don’t think most Christians are stupid enough to believe that. The other is the Ussher theory… if you added all the generations from Adam until the current time, and you say, ‘Alright, that adds up to 7,000. Okay. And so, therefore, the Earth’s only 7000 years old.’ Well, that’s just nonsense.”

  • “I mean, there are just too many geological factors, too many things that have happened on our Earth. The Earth is about 14 billion years old, and there’s just no question about it,” Robertson continued.
  • “You’ve got the dinosaurs. You’ve got all the things that have happened on this Earth. And there’s too much geology, I mean, it’s just established science,” the televangelist explained, adding: “So the idea of having a 6-7,000-year Earth is just… It’s just… Any Christians who believe that, just, I’m telling you that, they aren’t very up on today’s…”

“I believe science! I mean, let’s face it! You know, God didn’t… This whole planet was set up for God’s purpose. The universe is tuned for life. But it didn’t get here in 6-7,000 years! It got here over… almost 14 billion years to get this Earth to where it is right now.”

The Friendly Atheist’s Hemant Mehta noted that Robertson’s belief in science seems to vanish when it comes to climate change, as earlier in the same episode the televangelist had “a lengthy admiration-filled interview with a climate change denier.”