Catering to Christian fundamentalists still remains one of the GOP’s specialties. Marco Rubio, one of the Republican frontrunners for the 2016 presidential campaign, was asked how old the earth is.
I’m not a scientist, man. 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. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.
No, it’s not a mystery, great or otherwise in the same way that it’s not much of a mystery as to how the pyramids of Giza were built. There might be some quibbling over the exact means used to construct the pyramids but no serious scholar is suggesting that ‘aliens built it‘ be taught in history classes because a few quacks claim it is so.
Knowing the age of the earth might have no direct connection to spurring economic growth but it does say a lot on how a future leader processes information and data which is beyond their field of expertise. Simply claiming that one is not a scientist and therefore all theories (aka creationism) should be taught in science class does not bode well for one aspiring to be president of any country, let alone the United States of America. Whatever role religion must play in a modern society, it should not be one that places it anywhere near science.
Here’s my simple advice for anyone who requires that religion be an essential component of their lives: Let religion deal with the why part of life and leave the how end of it to science. It works so much better that way.