Here's the scoop regarding Harold Camping: "Camping, 88, has scrutinized the Bible for almost 70 years and says he has developed a mathematical system to interpret prophecies hidden within the Good Book. One night a few years ago, Camping, a civil engineer by trade, crunched the numbers and was stunned at what he'd found: The world will end May 21, 2011."
Oh yes, he has...again. His last computations included a math error. Now with a world-wide ministry, he has enough money to preclude a math error.
And this has nothing to do with the Mayan calendar. And nothing to do with the movie.
And nothing to do with anyone sane.
Camping had applied mathematics to Biblical writing. Yes, I said "mathematics." I did not say "arithmetic."
Let me cite Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff Writer, so I can get this right. It is far too important to risk me dropping a decimal somewhere.
"The number 5, Camping concluded, equals "atonement." Ten is "completeness." Seventeen means "heaven." Camping patiently explained how he reached his conclusion for May 21, 2011.
"Christ hung on the cross April 1, 33 A.D.," [April Fools Day?] he began. "Now go to April 1 of 2011 A.D., and that's 1,978 years."
"Camping then multiplied 1,978 by 365.2422 days - the number of days in each solar year, not to be confused with a calendar year.
"Next, Camping noted that April 1 to May 21 encompasses 51 days. Add 51 to the sum of previous multiplication total, and it equals 722,500.
"Camping realized that (5 x 10 x 17) x (5 x 10 x 17) = 722,500.
"Or put into words: (Atonement x Completeness x Heaven), squared."
You guys headed out to church this morning might want to fetch a calculator to go with that Bible.
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