Do you remember Harold Camping? If not, here’s a quick refresher course (there will be a quiz later, so pay attention).
Camping was the author, preacher and radio talk show host who infamously foretold that the Rapture would happen on May 21, 2011. When it did not, Camping amended his prediction to say that it would actually occur on Oct. 21 of the same year, commensurate with the End of Days.
When that didn’t happen either, Camping — whose Judgment Day misjudgments had briefly heaped worldwide notoriety upon him — quietly retired from the ministry he’d founded and retreated from the public eye.
Camping’s bold assertions drew the (entirely deserved) scorn and derision of secular and free-thought groups, while no shortage of more mainstream Christians joined them in their mockery, as we seem to be so often inclined to do.