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Note from a Reluctant Christian: Believing in the Rapture Isn't So Crazy

Having been raised by a pastor, I understand why people believe in the impending rapture—even if I don't buy it myself.

In case you haven't heard, today is Judgment Day, at least according to the mathematical calculations of Harold Camping and his Oakland, California-based Christian organization, Family Radio. While I'm not currently a Bible-reading churchgoer, I grew up in the church with a pastor for a father, attended a Christian liberal arts college, and if forced to check a box under "religion,” would probably still identify as a “Christian." So even though I’m repulsed by people using Christianity to support regressive politics and can mostly join in the chuckling at people like Camping, I still find it hard to dismiss them completely.

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More Than 40 Percent of Americans Believe the Rapture Is Coming

The May 21 doomsayers are about to find out if they're wrong, but there's a lot more where they came from.

With the world so close to May 21, 2011, the day some Christians believe they will be beamed to heaven from Earth, which will then be thrown into fiery chaos, it's perhaps worth taking a second look at the above Pew Research Center data from June of last year. The people who actually believe "the Rapture" is coming on Saturday have become somewhat of a joke amongst secular people and even other Christians. But according to Pew, they're not as out of the ordinary as you might think.

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With the World About to End, Who Cares About Climate Change?

More than 100 million Americans don't believe that there will be a world that needs saving by mid-century, and that's a real problem for the planet.

Unless you've been living in a monastery, you're well aware that, right now, there are some Christians getting awfully excited about the rapture. By some interpretations of the Bible, Jesus will return to Earth this Saturday, May 21.

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