Uncommon Sense

November 26, 2012

Marco Rubio and Creationists Can Relax

Filed under: Politics,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 9:25 am
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Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was recently caught in an interview by a question about the age of the Earth and instead of responding with the “a bit over 4 billion years” that there is a scientific consensus for, he mumbled something about there being a “theological debate.” Most people are describing this as an example of his pandering to a conservative base who believe the Earth is less than 10,000 years old.

If you ask any of those “young Earth” Creationists, so-named because they believe in the Biblical story of creation of the planet and, well, the Universe, why they think the Earth id just a few thousand years old, they say it is a matter of their Christian faith.

Since the Christian faith is based solely on their Bible, I decided to check and, in fact, nowhere in the Bible does it say how old the Earth is. Some people, a little more in the thrall of the Creationists, can quote Bishop Usser’s estimate that the Earth was created in 4004 BC, specifically on the nightfall preceding 23 October 4004 BC, which means I and the planet share a birthday. It is curious that the worthy stated such a time, “nightfall” because “nightfall” is a condition that sweeps around the Earth once every 24 hours, so it occurs at different times in different places, but I digress.

The esteemed Bishop used certain assumptions about how long people lived and counted the generations which, with a little math, resulted in his estimate. But what most don’t know is that a great many other people did the same thing and came up with similar estimates of Earth’s birth date from roughly 3600 BC to 7000 BC. A few more modern folk, embarrassed about the difference between those dates and the date that geophysicists have come up with, namely ca. 4,300,000,000 BC have managed to stretch the birth date as far back as 20,000 BC.

Apparently, the people who believe the Bible and believe these “estimates,” also apparently believe the interpretations of people who lived hundreds of years ago and who had no knowledge of modern science. This is hard to believe especially for Evangelicals as they insist that they need no intermediaries to interpret the Bible. Some go so far to say that people who claim such positions are automatically deceivers.

For the rest of believers, there must be some doubt about the methods of people who take the same information and come up with “calculations” whose results differ by huge amounts. If the data is divinely inspired, should not the results come out the same for everyone? The fact that they do not indicates that the results of those calculations are merely the dreams of pointy-headed intellectuals.

So, if you base your faith on what the Bible actual says, you can rest easy. There is no dispute between the Bible and reality. And Marco Rubio can put away his dancing shoes.


  1. Except Rubio and his creationist colleagues won’t be agreeing with the fact that the Earth is older than a few thousand years, because it’s not about what the Bible says, it’s about what their base believes the Bible says.


    Comment by List of X — November 26, 2012 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

    • Certainly, obviously I was being tongue in cheek, in that so many people are secure in their knowledge (a basic aspect of their personality, not a character flaw) and others wish to pander, and it is just plain fun to point out the absurdities. At one point, some folks might be chagrined and endeavor to be more open-minded, but if we go to far, we push them farther away. I am chipping at the edges of those who believe such nonsense, while I hope not to exclude the others.

      It is they who say that “ignorance is bliss” and from my viewpoint, they are mightily blissful.




      Comment by stephenpruis — November 26, 2012 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

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