And it isn’t that, even as far gone as he is into senile dementia, he can still sound fairly sane, by Christian standards.
Also, you gotta love this, from Wikipedia:
On May 23, 2011 in an appearance before the press, Camping stated he had reinterpreted his prophecy. In his revised claim, May 21 was a “spiritual” judgment day, and the physical Rapture would occur on October 21, 2011, simultaneously with the destruction of the world. Camping said his company would not return money donated by followers to publicize the failed May 21 prediction, stating: “We’re not at the end. Why would we return it?“
No the significance is … well, heck, I don’t KNOW what the significance is. But it sure has been a popular subject here at FreeThought Blogs:
Inevitably, there will be those bookish, nerdy science fanatics who will spoil EVERYTHING, even a light-hearted look at the End of the World, with their silly insistence on “reality.”
BTW, if you read none of the rest of those links, read Greta Christina’s. It just kicks godder ass.
We have to create a world in which people are embarrassed to express religious beliefs that are embarrassing. We have to create a world in which people think twice about saying that they have an invisible friend who came to earth in human form 2,000 years ago and sacrificed himself to himself so he could forgive the bad people who made him angry because their ancestors ate a forbidden magic fruit. We have to create a world… oh, I’m just going to quote JT:
“Part of why people stay religious is because it is easy to do. I seek to make it less easy. I seek to create a world where people cannot open their mouths to tell someone about Jesus without wondering if, without the obligatory respect to which religion has grown accustomed, the target of their evangelism will make a public fool of them. I dream of a world where irrationality knows no sanctuary and no quarter outside the cathedral.”