John Brandt is a New London-based preacher, fundamentalist and young-earth creationist. And Brandt has the evidence for the age of the Earth on his side: “I have written evidence, and he [someone who subscribes to scientific consensus] has theoretical evidence, all of which is only assumption. It all depends on what you are willing to believe. Consider that only documented evidence counts.” And that means Brandt wins, for “The only written document with such information is the Bible. We Bible-believers have written proof of what we believe and teach. The Bible has no less than Jesus’ witness, ‘In six days God created the heavens and the earth.’” It might be instructive, but probably isn’t, to know Brandt’s definition of ‘evidence’. At least, according to Brandt, science has none of it, and “without empirical evidence, science must ‘create’ time, with no beginning, just an accident. And in the process, imagine a beginning, like, ‘Wow! That was a big bang!’”. We suspect Brandt hasn’t actually read the relevant scientific publications on the topic, but why would he? “All the information we need is in the Bible, but not the details.” One is left to wonder why science still sticks to the Big Bang hypothesis – surely there must be demons involved.
Diagnosis: Minor – we don’t know anything else about Brandt than his rantings on the age of the Earth – but apparently relatively representative for how a large number of Americans view science and religion.
Hat-tip: Sensuous Curmudgeon