Marco Rubio spoke about the age of the Earth in an interview published online by GQ on Monday, along with a litany of topics that included his favorite rap artists.
The Florida senator, who has recently created buzz that he may run for president in 2016, stated that he isn’t qualified to answer questions about the Earth’s age, because it is a “dispute among theologians,” reports ABC News.
When talking about the Earth’s age, Rubio explained:
“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 of economic growth of the United States.”
Scientists believe that the Earth is at least 4.5 billion years old. The Earth’s age, however, has been a point of contention among Christians, some of which believe the Bible says the earth is less than 10,000 years old.
The Washington Post notes that Rubio, who identifies himself as a Catholic, agrees that there are both faith-based and scientific theories about the age of the Earth. He added that he is “not sure” we will ever really know the answer. Rubio also stated:
“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.”
As for Rubio’s favorite artists? The Florida senator named “Straight Outta Compton” by N.W.A., “Killuminati” by Tupac, and “Lose Yourself” by Eminem as his favorite songs.
Do you agree with Marco Rubio that we will never really know the age of the Earth?