After the End of the World: A Harold Camping Redemption Footnote
We’ve spent a little bit of time deriding the absurdity of Harold Camping’s counterfactual prediction that world would incontrovertibly end in Spring 2011, his later insistence in the world would really really end in October 2011, and his consistent call for money to maintain his “soul-saving” operation throughout. It all was rather silly.
But I’d like to note a letter I received yesterday from Harold Camping (it wasn’t personal; I’m on his mailing list). It reads in part:
Events within the last year have proven that no man can be fully trusted. Even the most sincere and zealous of us can be mistaken…. We must also openly acknowledge that we have no new evidence pointing to another date for the end of the world. Though many dates are circulating, Family Radio has no interest in even considering naming another date…. We were even so bold as to insist that the Bible guaranteed that Christ would return on May 21 and that the true believers would be raptured…. We tremble before God as we humbly ask Him for forgiveness for making that sinful statement.
It would be interesting to see Harold Camping and his Family Radio enterprise extend this reconsideration to some other matters over which they have an unquestioning faith. It would have been nice if for once Harold Camping had sent out a letter that wasn’t accompanied by a request for money. But it takes some strength to make an about face like this, and I can appreciate that strength in Harold Camping at the end.