How do I get into the prophet business? Did you ever see Steve Martin in “Leap of Faith”, that was a great movie for the skeptics, showing a fictitious behind-the-scenes look at roaming rural Protestant revival, a good one but it did have a bad ending, the preacher started to believe in miracles in the end. Oh well.
Nah, remember the people who, after a coin has come up heads twenty times in a row, are willing to bet ten to one that it will come up tails the next time. They are the ones who’ll fall in step behind the next “prophet” (or is it “profit”?).
Maybe you think the people realize that they made a mistake and so they will change by not following a Camping-like profit again, Occam? I’m guessing that his followers chose him because of his prophesies, and so they will choose another prophet like him. Don’t the Protestants make a free choice of who they support, they look for a preacher that is as extreme or as moderate as they are about religion? I don’t see Camping as unique, I see him as part of a long line of extremism including Terry Jones, Fred Phelps, Warran Jeffs, Oral Roberts, Tim Lehey, Jerry Falwell, the Salem Witch trials, and so on. I don’t think that these preachers are universally followed, but they are supported by enough followers to do some damage and make it into the news. Agreed?