The question was: How old do you think the Earth is?<quoted text>
Uhhhhh, who's being intolerant?
The Bible actually says many different things to different people. I happen to believe that the earth is about as old as the scientists say but I also happen to believe that the creation was a directed event just due to the overwhelming odds that we would exist merely from an accident. Yes, there are some who take the Bible literally when it says "days" to describe the creation process. I happen to disagree with that point of view so you can't just lump every person who believes in the Bible into a single group.
Now, what scientists say about the creation is also a belief because none of them were there to witness it. They've got some pretty strong evidence for certain events but it is still a belief and a belief that will probably continue to evolve as more information is discovered. They can't replicate and prove their belief no more than a creationist can prove that they are right.
I still believe that the answer that was given was a well balanced answer without trying to take sides but merely leaving it up to an open mind.
Pretty simple question. Why the convoluted answer? Rubio was the one who went off the rails by trying to dodge a direct question. You answered it and then also went into creation-ism type unrelated stuff that is in the province of religion. No one cares which of the hundreds of religious explanations about creation you want to believe in but science says:
The age of the Earth is 4.54 ± 0.05 billion years (4.54 × 109 years ± 1%). This age is based on evidence from radiometric age dating of meteorite material and is consistent with the ages of the oldest-known terrestrial and lunar samples. Following the scientific revolution and the development of radiometric age dating, measurements of lead in uranium-rich minerals showed that some were in excess of a billion years old.
There is no alternative based on anybody's religious belief. The correct answer is science the other is/are religion, mysticism, fantasy, personal guessing, fairy tale, etc. They are not equivalent things, do you understand? Gravity is not the same as heaven.
And as long as fundamentalist thinking continues to require our children to be told that the way the world works is merely how one decides what to believe they will continue to become more and more irrelevant and ridiculous.