During an interview this week with Fox television talk show host Bill O’Reilly, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson outlined that he doesn’t subscribe to young Earth beliefs as it is possible that the planet is billions of years old. “Are you really a creationist?” O’Reilly asked during Monday night’s “O’Reilly Factor.” “Do you subscribe to Adam and Eve and the garden of Eden, and that’s where we came from?”

“Well, I certainly believe that God is our creator,” Carson replied. “And interestingly enough, if you look at our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, it talks about certain inalienable rights given to us by our Creator.” O’Reilly, a Roman Catholic, then clarified further to ask if Carson believes that the creation account in Genesis is literal. “Right, but that can be intelligent design, and intelligent design leads to evolution,” O’Reilly responded. “But there are some people—fundamentalists, religious people—who believe, ‘Look, Adam and Eve were there, and that’s what it says in Genesis.’ Where are you on that?” MORE