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End of the world is May 21

2011-05-26

Queen’s University School of Religion Professor Richard Ascough is available to discuss a California-based religious group that is coordinating a high-profile, worldwide advertising campaign announcing the world will end on May 21.

The group, Family Radio, has billboards in 17 Canadian cities and thousands more across the U.S. and around the world in countries such as Turkey, Iraq and Lebanon. Family Radio claim there is a mathematical code in the Bible that proves May 21, 2011 is Judgment Day

“This is not the first time the end of the world has been predicted, nor is it the last time. What is interesting is this group is not asking for any money up front, so they truly seem to believe that this will happen,” said Dr. Ascough, who teaches a course on apocalyptic literature and thinks humanity will still be around on May 22. “Even though Biblical texts are difficult to interpret, they certainly don’t contain secret codes about the date of the end of the world.”

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