Robertson said that Ham was using faulty data from Bishop Ussher, an Irish Christian, who lived in the 16th and 17th centuries. To make his claims, Ussher calculated the date of creation, based on his knowledge of the Bible, the ancient Persian, Greek and Roman civilizations, astronomy, ancient calendars and chronology.This is not the first time that Robertson has taken a stab at Young earth creationism. He did so in 2012 as well, in response to a question about how old he thought the earth was. Interestingly, in that response, he gave no clues to his views on evolution. In this particular response to the Ham/Nye debate, Robertson does actually endorse Evolutionary creationism.
The televangelist said that science had since refuted Ussher's claims.
"The dating of Bishop Ussher just doesn't comport with anything that is found in science and you can't just totally deny the geological formations that are out there," said Robertson.
"Anyone who is in the oil business knows he's drilling down, 2 miles, 3 miles underground, you're coming into all these layers that were laid down by the dinosaurs," said Robertson. "And we have skeletons of dinosaurs that go back like 65 million years. And to say that it all came around 6 thousand years ago is nonsense."
Here is the relevant video from the program.
Like so many of us who watched Ken Ham present his theology, Robertson replies: "There just ain't no way that's possible." How many people Robertson will sway is not clear. He has made some missteps in recent years and is not viewed with as much credibility as in the past. Nonetheless, it will get attention.