The Second Dumbing
Perhaps some of you remember Harold Camping?
Camping is the “scholar” who likes to let out a hearty chuckle when he considers the people who believe the world will end in 2012. “That date has not one stitch of biblical authority,” Camping says from the Oakland office where he runs Family Radio, an evangelical station that reaches listeners around the world. “It’s like a fairy tale.” The real date for the end of times, he says, is in 2011.
Yes… the “real” date is May 21… if by “real” you really mean “made-up and false” then I agree!
If you want a brief review of Camping’s biblical ‘study’ and ‘research’ on this ‘real’ date you can go HERE. However, even sadder than his tendentious, fallacious, and dilettantish abuse of logic, reason, and some ancient texts is that his stupid appears to be contagious. Of course with those that fundamentally misunderstand terms like prophecy, genre, and context it should come as no surprise that this is not the first time Camping has predicted the end of the world according to “biblical authority.”
On Sept. 6, 1994, dozens of Camping’s believers gathered inside Alameda’s Veterans Memorial Building to await the return of Christ, an event Camping had promised for two years. Followers dressed children in their Sunday best and held Bibles open-faced toward heaven. But the world did not end. Camping allowed that he may have made a mathematical error. Gee, you think?
Maddeningly and depressingly his errors, lack of training, and smugness towards his ‘prediction’ have not alerted his followers that he’s probably wrong and a campaign has started–of course funded by Camping’s ‘ministry’–called We Can Know.
By Josh Shaffer
From her Subaru, a car painted as white as the fourth horse of Revelation, Allison Warden proclaims that Jesus shall return May 21.
By her reckoning, His return will fall on a springtime Saturday…
But to Warden and hundreds of like-minded Christians, Judgment Day can be calculated precisely by tracing biblical genealogy or by following history forward 7,000 years from the day Noah shut the door to his ark.
So if May 22 rolls around and you’re still here, wailing and gnashing your teeth, don’t say nobody warned you.
“It’s a very jarring thing to be told you have five months on Earth,” Warden, 29, said. “That may interrupt any earthly plan.”
From the We Can Know website (seriously, where do they get the money for this?)
I say someone raises some funds and makes a super-interesting documentary by following around Camping and his followers the week leading up to May 21, 2011, and then more importantly, when Jesus does not return on that day, follow them around for a few weeks as they experience cognitive dissonance, and have a camera rolling when the ‘explanations’ start coming.