Friday, April 29, 2011

Preachers who cite war, famine and quakes as signs of the apocalypse have their facts wrong

Last week, on the Easter edition of ABC's "This Week," the Rev. Franklin Graham said "I believe we are in the latter days of this age" because "The things that the Bible predicts, earthquakes and famines, nation rising against nation, we see this happening with more frequency and more intensity." We've heard similar statements for more than 40 years from some rural preachers.

The preachers are wrong, says, the nonpartisan service of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania: "Today’s famines and armed conflicts are fewer and relatively smaller than those in the last century, and the frequency of major earthquakes has remained about the same." (Read more)

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