Sen. Marco Rubio, our potential next president as of 2016, has raised eyebrows with a claim that the age of the earth "is a matter for theologians."
"Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that," said Rubio to GQ in response to the politically-tangential question "How old do you think the Earth is?"
Here are Rubio's comments to GQ
GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?
Marco Rubio: 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.
His answer frames the debate as a fight between biblical creationists and other bible-readers who claim 10,000 years based on counting eras in the Bible. Rubio doesn't mention the other major theory: the scientific consensus that the earth's age is 4.5 billion years. But Rubio's initial reaction, "I'm not a scientist, man," implies that science is the right way to answer the question.
Rubio's implied view that the earth was created within the last 10,000 years is shared by 46% of Americans, according to a Gallup Poll.
Via GQ Magazine, Gallup, and Politico.