The End is Not NearBible scholar religionist crank Harold Camping had run silent in the wake of the failure of his October 21 apocalypse. But the Christian Post reports that he recently broke his silence, and admitted he’d been wrong (WebCite cached article):

With his speech sounding somewhat slurred and labored, Family Radio Stations Inc. founder and chairman Harold Camping sought to address in a recent message why Christ failed to return on Oct. 21 as the Bible teacher had predicted. Camping confessed, after decades of falsely misleading his followers, that he was wrong and regrets his misdeeds. …

This is undoubtedly a radical shift for Camping, who has staunchly claimed since 1992 that he had discovered a special numerical system in the Bible that allowed him to calculate the exact dates of certain events, such as the Great Flood, the Crucifixion and the day of Jesus Christ’s return to Earth.

Camping first falsely predicted that the world would end on Sept. 6, 1994, then again on May 21, 2011, and finally on Oct. 21.

This is a remarkable departure for Camping … a man who, after his initial failed doomsday in 1994, chalked that failure up to a mathematical error (cached), and when Christ failed to return this past May 21, insisted that he had returned, but “invisibly.” So this is an improvement over his own personal history, and a welcome one, as far as it goes.

Hat tip: Mark at Skeptics & Heretics Forum on Delphi Forums.

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