End of the World predictor Harold Camping has passed on.

Harold Camping at 6:01PM Saturday, May 21st, 2011.

Harold Camping at 6:01PM Saturday, May 21st, 2011.

It’s a sad day for fans of Bible prophecy as one of its more noteworthy practitioners has shuffled off his mortal coil:

Controversial preacher Harold Camping dies at 92

A statement released late Monday by his Family Radio network says Harold Camping “passed on to glory” at 5:30 p.m. PT Sunday. He was 92. The statement revealed Camping had a fall at his home November 30, but he was in weak health due to a stroke since 2011.

Considering that I wrote about him more than once in the run up to his predicted end of the world — which somehow didn’t come to pass despite the ridiculous number of people who bought into it — I thought it would bring about a bit of closure to mention his passing.

Camping is a perfect example of someone buying into his own bullshit a little too much. Most of the time that’s not a huge problem, but in this case he hurt a lot of other people by convincing them he knew what he was talking about. The number of people who spent their life’s savings and gave away everything they owned because they believed his prediction is staggering. Hopefully most of them have rebuilt their lives by now and are a little wiser and more skeptical about such claims.

Goodbye, Harold. You were good for a laugh or two, but you should have kept your prediction to yourself.

2 comments

  1. A fool and his money are soon parted.

    What Camping didn’t wasn’t right, but at the same time, anyone willing to send their life’s savings to someone like Campbell simply because he made a declaration about the world ending is well….foolish.

    Sorry, but I find it hard to have pity on anyone that foolish. Just like I find it hard to have pity for someone foolish enough to stick a screwdriver in his eye and then blame the manufacturer because there wasn’t a bright orange label warning “Do not stick this in your eye”.

    Being foolish (or stupid, in some cases?) has consequences and the school of hard knocks teaches some really important lessons. Lessons that some people just aren’t willing to learn any other way.

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