Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Left behind

"Nutty Irish ex-priest disrupts Olympics", screamed headlines here.

The Irish are embarrassed that it was one of their own who pushed the Brazilian runner out of the marathon. Pinned to the interloper's chest was a sign: "The second coming is near, says the Bible."

Equally nutty is the fabulous success of the apocalyptic "Left Behind" series of books in the US. Having read one of the books, I can attest that it is not literary merit that drives sales.

A bit of scientific skepticism would take note of the fact that the Bible has been "predicting" the end times are near for two thousand years.