Raw Story — In the video embedded below, “Creation Today” hosts Eric Hovind and Paul F. Taylor asserted that “God’s word” is “the basis of all knowledge,” and that televangelist Pat Robertson is off-base in saying that perhaps the world is more than 6,000 years old. The two hosts were discussing Robertson’s response to an email he received from a “700 Club” audience member who wanted to know why the Bible doesn’t say anything about the dinosaurs. “Of course the Bible does cover dinosaurs,” said Taylor, “we have talked about that on this show several times.”What Robertson said in response to the viewer, however, was that, in spite of what Creationists and Ireland’s Archbishop James Ussher [1581-1656] say, the Earth is not 6,000 years old. Ussher was a Christian cleric who claimed to have pinpointed the moment of Creation to the day.
Hovind of course is Son of Kent Hovind, uber creationist currently doing a dime for massive tax evasion. Justified in part on the premise that the almighty does not pay taxes.
There was a time when the age of the Earth was a hot theological debate. Creationist back in the day made what is imo a salient theological point: without a young earth and a literal garden of Eden, there would be no fall of man and thus no justification for death and decay to enter the once perfect world. The tale of garden of Eden might seem silly to us today, but it’s a cornerstone in Old Testament cosmogony. Without which there’s no reason for God to inflict on humans all manner of disease and evil, meaning God would be a rather vicious psychopath.
Most important for Christianity, there would be no point in a Jesus figure to provide salvation from this inherited sin and give the gift of everlasting life. I’m not sure how modern religions get around that, but they must have made some kind of accommodation because many now accept an ancient universe.
It’s kinda hard to root for either side in this deal. A giant senile grifter under fire by younger, lessor frauds, may they all destroy one another.