I probably shouldn’t do this, but I can’t help myself. At the “On Faith” column in the Washington Post, there’s a discussion of the views of Harold Camping, he of the May 21 Second Coming date. Rejection of him is unanimous, as I’d expect it to be, but one of those excoriating him for his “nonsense” is…wait for it…John Shelby Spong:
The world will end either when the sun burns out in about seven billion years or when it gets reabsorbed into the sun, which might take about the same amount of time. Human life will come to an end a lot sooner if politicians lead us into either nuclear holocaust or environmental disaster.
The idea that anyone would pay attention to someone who thinks he or she can calculate a divinely-instigated end of the world by reading texts in either the book of David or the book of Revelation is both ludicrous and crazy. Anyone who thinks that these ideas have credibility is either profoundly ignorant or profoundly manipulative. To identify Christianity with this nonsense is simply not worthy of anyone. The fact that anyone takes this foolishness seriously only proves what P.T. Barnum has said about human beings!
This is all under the headline, “Harold Camping does not represent Christianity.”
From a noted “non-theist” who has repudiated every historic and biblical teaching of the Christian faith, but who continues to sit in the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops, and can therefore claim to “represent” Christianity.
The jokes write themselves, but I’m having a hard time coming up with any just now. It seems I’m suffering from an irony overdose…