Vaughan Bell at Slate runs down some history on what happens to doomsday cults and the like when their prophecies about the end of the world don’t come true. It’s an interesting piece because Bell does a good job of explaining why it is that failed prophecies don’t generally result in a loss of faith for most believers. What really happens is that the believers readjust their models to incorporate the new data.
I have a little experience with this myself. I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness, and was a member until I was 26, which I’ve written about some in in my first book of poems, A Witness in Exile. The Witnesses have gone through a few crises of this kind, one of which while I was a member. And strangely enough, that wasn’t the reason I left the church. Continue reading
Thanks to everyone who entered, and if you’d like a copy of my book at the discounted price, send me an email and we’ll work out the details. Remember, you have to have entered the giveaway to be eligible for the discount. Thanks again.
I planned on choosing the winner of my poetry book giveaway on Monday, but was swamped with grading. Today I’ve been on campus all day. Tomorrow, I have a doctor’s appointment, but before I go to it, I’m choosing the winner, and I’m going to try to do it on camera. Also, I’ve decided that if you don’t win but you’d like a copy of my book all the same, I’ll sell you one for ten dollars instead of the normal fifteen. I’ll cover the shipping and sign it for you as well. See you tomorrow.