Harold the Christian

Harold Camping has revised his rapture prediction:

Camping, who made a special appearance before the press at the Oakland headquarters of the media empire Monday evening, apologized for not having the dates “worked out as accurately as I could have.” Through chatting with a friend over what he acknowledged was a very difficult weekend, the light dawned on him that instead of the biblical Rapture in which the faithful would be swept up to the heavens, May 21 had instead been a “spiritual” Judgment Day, which places the entire world under Christ’s judgment, he said.

Ah yes, of course. Since Camping is 89 and near his own personal day of rapture, 5 months is a reasonable period for him to bilk more people of their savings, destroying more and more families. But that isn’t the interesting thing. What’s interesting is that while so many people are dismissing the guy as a nut case, there’s this little fact (click to enlarge):

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4 Responses

  1. hilarious graphic

  2. ….ergo…” mainstream christians are nut cases!”

    In general, nut cases are unreachable,….gone…not in tune with realiy…wackooo. One avoids them, dances around them, or pities their state of dillusion. One can’t argue effectively with them. They would never listen. They live in their own world protected by their insularity against the real world.

    You can’t teach them… they know all the answers. Drugs don’t help nut cases…maybe to just quiet them down..but that’s all. Pscho therapy is of some help but only for the willing who want to change. And besides, it is to expenive.

    So for 1/10th of the population to call the 90% crazy is a real challenge. What do we do? Publish more graphs like this??? ( I really do not know the answer).

  3. i agree paul. i find it insanely annoying that such an astoundingly irrational belief is so pervasive that to challenge it is often looked down upon. but i don’t think it’s quite as grim as it seems at times. 90% of all people may answer that they believe in god, but that’s not necessarily a resounding affirmation of how many people believe in the christian god.

    i’ve talked to many people who just believe in some sort of a god and usually haven’t taken the time to work through the details. even some modern, more educated christians that i’ve talked to aren’t that certain of their faith but would probably answer the question positively on a survey.

    i guess what i’m trying to say is that i’ve talked to many people who comprehend the reality that there’s no evidence for god and understand that a lack of evidence should constitute at least a reluctance to believe, and yet they still can’t accept it because it’s not what they want. how to get people to accept these things that they often times already know is the real challenge.

    personally, i think the best strategy for us non-believers to help those on the fence come over to the side of logic and reason is to highlight the positive aspects of atheism, such as the freedom to choose the meaning and purpose of our lives for ourselves. or that sense of peace we atheists have in being able to be comfortable and free in all of our sexual choices. or the pride we feel in deriving our ethics from the reality that surrounds us, and knowing that when we do good for others it’s not for any type of ultimate reward.

  4. Thanks Dave…You’re right…..aim for the fence sitters….and I agree there are many……After all, I was a fence sitter once…many of us I bet were….

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