This reminds me of an internal instant message conversation I had with a co-worker a few days ago... Here's an excerpt:
(9:16 AM) Rob: Nothing wrong with believing in Creationism, but you're not one of those "The earth is only 5000 years old" people, are you?
(9:20 AM) Patrick: i don't know how old the earth is. don't necessarily believe it is billions of years old. Bible states that to God a 1000 years is like a day. while I believe the world was created in 6 days - i'm not sure how long a "day" at that time was. 24 hours - maybe, longer than that - maybe. a mystery we won't know until Christ comes again and all that and other things will be made known.
First off, let me say that, despite my 'polite' phrasing above, there is something wrong with believing in Creationism... Your position is "I don't believe the earth is billions of years old, but I KNOW it's more than 5000 years old. The bible says it's 6000 years old, so that's what I'm going with."
Second, factual-integrity-of-the-bible-issues aside, the bible is not a slide-rule. You can't do human-to-god-years translation with it.
I can't even begin to tell you how things like this make my blood off-gas. It's people like this that are going to get Palin, or similar, elected. Using 'faith' as an excuse to ignore fact is about as absurtarded as it gets. You can always tell when a Creationist is done debating something, because they regurgitate one of those tired biblical talking-points. "...won't know until Christ comes again.... all things will be made known."
How can you hold any belief based on ONE source of information? Suppose Jesus Christ himself descended directly into the stands at a Nascar race (probably more likely than we think!) Since he'd never seen a car, he could safely assume that all cars travel 180mph, despite seeing all the cars in the parking lot, on the highway, etc. He could still maintain that all cars drive 180mph.
I know, I know, we've talked it all over before. I just think that anyone who sees the Dark Ages as "the good ol' days" needs to be re-formatted.