Pew Research and Thoughts on End Times Expectations

To reprise of my prior observations about Harold Camping’s decease and legacy, Pew Research conducted a poll earlier this year that proves relevant. This was originally brought to my attention by John Zande; thanks John.

PF_13_03_22_JesusReturn-02Today a staggering 41% of US citizens (130,000,000 adults) believe that their Middle Eastern god will commence its mass extinction of all creatures in their lifetime. It’s a ghastly figure but it is a number reflected in the multi-billion dollar Christian apocalypse industry that has in just the last twenty years produced 29 End Times films (with such grand titles as “Tribulation” and “Judgement”), 60 documentaries (like “Racing to the End Times”), and some 1,120+ grotesquely warped End Times books, of which the Left Behind series has alone sold over 40 million copies.

~ JZ

For my own commentary, I will simply observe that I have been in two kinds of Christian groups… [Read more…]

Harold Camping, End Times, and the Dishonor Role

Obit Harold CampingHarold Camping, the famed – and failed – predictor of Jesus’ return, has died.

It has been 2,000 years since the promised generation of Jesus’ return ebbed away. The textual rehabilitations to “interpret” what such statements meant began back then. They continue to the present. They can be seen when gents like Harold Camping amend their predictions and retool their prognostications. And interestingly enough, even when concessions of error do occur, like Camping’s eventually did, they never quite drive deeply enough. He miscalculated the date of Jesus’ return (2011), to be sure. But I propose he also miscalculated the very fact of it. And this has been going on for a very, very long time. [Read more…]

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