Judgement Day, May 21 (It’s Not the End of the World, and I Feel Fine)

This blog post was originally written for the Perspectives program on KQED FM in San Francisco, California.

I don’t know what its like where you live, but in my neck of the woods–the San Francisco Bay Area–we’ve witnessed a proliferation of billboards announcing: “Cry Mightily Unto God! Judgment Day is Coming on May 21! The Bible Guarantees It!” Apparently someone read the Bible, made a few assumptions, took an illogical leap of faith, did the math, and came up with a calculation: Jesus is coming back, and soon.

This, of course, is nuts. Continue reading