The History Of The World According To Dr. Ben Carson
A timeline, according to the historical statements made by presidential candidate Ben Carson
Update: After months of memorable campaigning, Dr. Ben Carson said Wednesday that he sees no “path forward” for his White House bid. While he’s not officially dropping out quite yet, Carson’s skipping the upcoming debate, and it seems certain the end is nigh. As such, we thought it worth remembering some of his greatest moments.
Dr. Ben Carson loves to talk about history. Problem is, the GOP frontrunner isn’t a historian. Carson’s revisions of world history have baffled scholars and inspired the mocking hashtag #BenCarsonWikipedia. Even his statements about his own past have been questioned or confirmed false.
For a look inside the mind of the neurosurgeon, Vocativ took his most noteworthy pronouncements and compiled a rough timeline of the world. It’s a mix of literal biblical interpretation, creationism and strangeness. Here’s the history of the Earth, according to Ben Carson.
Some uncertain point a very long time ago: God makes the world
Most scientists believe the Earth is 4.5 billion years old. Most members of Carson’s church, the Seventh-day Adventist, believe the world is 6,000 years old. Carson himself says he’s not sure how old it is, but he’s pretty prone to literal interpretations of the Bible — and he knows it was made in less than a week.
During a speech last week at Cornerstone Church in Madison, Tennessee, Carson said, “I’m not a hard-and-fast person who says the Earth is only 6,000 years old, but I do believe in the six-day creation. Because it says ‘In the beginning God created heaven and earth.’ It doesn’t say when he created them except for in the beginning. So the Earth could have been here for a long time before he started creating things on it, but when he did start doing that he made it very specifically clear to us.”
Approximately 2300 BC: The world floods and everything dies except for Noah and his floating zoo
The doctor has not pinned a date to the worldwide flood, but creationists have placed the Great Flood somewhere around 2304 BC or 2348 BC. Modern creationists are largely inspired by Ellen G. White, an early pioneer of flood geology who published her visions of the Great Flood in 1864. White was also the founder of Seventh-day Adventist Church, of which Carson is a member.
Carson often references his literal belief in Noah’s Ark in tweets and speeches. During his speech last weekend, Carson used the biblical vessel to poke holes in geological history. “There’s abundant evidence, geological evidence, that there was a worldwide flood. Go up to the Andes mountains and see all those fossils on the top of those mountains. I mean these things, when you talk to the evolutionists about them they always say the same thing: ‘Well we don’t understand everything.'”
1934-1927 BC: Joseph builds a wonder of the ancient world, giant pyramid-shaped grain silos
Many creationists believe the biblical figure Joseph became the second in command of Egypt in 1934 BC, at the beginning of the seven years of abundance and seven years of famine, which he predicted. Joseph recommended the pharaoh store extra grain during the bountiful years. In a recently resurfaced 1998 commencement for Andrews University, Carson stated that he believes those grains were stored in pyramids. “My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.”
Carson told reporters this week that he stands by his beliefs. Scientists have determined the most renowned ancient Egyptian monuments, the Giza Pyramids, were built around 2580 to 2560 BC — and, of course, were tombs.
1776 AD: A bunch of amateurs with no political experience whatsoever create the United States of America
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Carson posted that he had no political experience, like “every signer of the Declaration of Independence.” Never mind that the document was written by a committee created by the elected Continental Congress, and that prior to their election to Congress more than half the signers already had elected in-office experience.
1776 AD: The country those amateurs founded jump-starts the worldwide Industrial Revolution and all ensuing human progress
During that same speech in Tennessee, Carson also insinuated that the Industrial Revolution began because of the founding of a nation that believed in God.
“Before the United States of America came on the scene, for a hundred years, two hundred years, a thousand years, three thousand years, people did things the same way: Crops ready, you put them on the cart, hook up your muse, took them to the town, sow the crop,” Carson said. But as soon as a country was created with founding documents that cited God, everything changed.
“Within two hundred years of the advent of this nation, which believed in God, men were walking on the moon. Completely revolutionized and changed the world because a nation was willing to acknowledge God.”
So there it is — every technological advancements across the world over the last two centuries can be credited to the United States.
1837 AD: Charles Darwin makes a deal with the Devil
In Sunday’s speech Carson also described Charles Darwin as a Christian who strayed from his faith. “I personally believe that this theory that Darwin came up with was something that was encouraged by the adversary [likely meaning Satan in this instance] and it has become what is scientifically, politically correct. Amazingly there are a significant number or scientists who do not believe it but they’re afraid to say anything.”
1938 AD: The German government takes away Jewish citizens’ guns, preventing Jews from stopping the Holocaust
Carson wrote in his book, A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do To Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties, that “German citizens were disarmed by their government in the late 1930s, and by the mid-1940s, Hitler’s regime had mercilessly slaughtered 6 million Jews and numerous others whom they considered inferior. Through a combination of removing guns and disseminating deceitful propaganda, the Nazis were able to carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance.” The greatest tragedy of the 20th century is thus an argument against gun control.
Jews in Germany did lose their right to bear arms in 1938, but few historians believe this had any effect on the Nazi Holocaust.
2009 AD: America’s Gestapo Age begins
In March, a Breitbart reporter asked Carson to clarify statements he’d made about Americans living in a Gestapo age under President Obama. Carson responded by saying PC culture, under Obama, is basically the same as Nazism. “I know you’re not supposed to talk about Nazi Germany, but I don’t care about political correctness… We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe, and it’s because of the PC police, it’s because of politicians, because of news—all of these things are combining to stifle people’s conversation.”
Carson seems worried history is repeating itself. Funny for a guy who has such a poor grasp on how it happened the first time around.
This post was originally published on November 7, 2015.