In a recent Newsweek interview, 2012 presidential hopeful, Republican Tim Pawlenty, appears to seriously entertain young Earth creationism:
Well, you know I’m an evangelical Christian. I believe that God created everything and that he is who he says he was. The Bible says that he created man and woman; it doesn’t say that he created an amoeba and then they evolved into man and woman. But there are a lot of theologians who say that the ideas of evolution and creationism aren’t necessarily inconsistent; that he could have “created” human beings over time.
That amoeba to man part of the above comment really grates on me. Is this how a Republican approaching a scientific question grapples with it—by fretting over whether Genesis 1, written 2500 years ago, has something to say about it? I mean, seriously. Has Tim Pawlenty ever even considered the possibility that maybe, just maybe, Genesis 1 is not written as science but poetry? (For evidence of this, see here.)
And will any Republican run for president in 2012 who doesn’t entertain the idea that the Earth is younger than scientists say it is by a million-fold? (The Earth is 5,000 million years old, not 5000 years old.)