But before you start selling off your belongings, you might want to check your math. The real earth ending won’t arrive for another five billion years from now, when the sun runs out of hydrogen, evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins claims.
In On Faith, our forum for news and opinion on religion and politics, Dawkins and others roundly debunk the May 21 end date, which was calculated by Family Radio evangelist Harold Camping.
Washington Post reporter Elizabeth Tenety points out that Camping previously (and wrongly) predicted the rapture would occur “between September 15 and 27, 1994.”
Even if Camping is right, Fuller Theological Seminar President Richard Mouw clarifies that May 21 is Rapture Day — the day Christians, dead and alive will meet Jesus in the sky. According to Camping, the world won’t end until Oct. 21, 2011.
Rabbi David Wolpe said we believe Camping because we like endings:
Washington Post columnist John Kelly writes about the downside and upside of the end of the world. Downside: A missed Red Sox game on the 22nd. Upside: No more “Jersey Shore.”
Of course, Doomsday was also supposed to come April 19, 2011, when Skynet became self aware.
Or you can stick with the Mayan end of the world, slated for 2012. This countdown calculator will tell you how many days you have left on Earth according to their deadline. Enjoy them while you can!