LOS ANGELES - The business of predicting the end of the world is a lot like baseball: Three strikes and you're out.
At least that's according to the Christian Post, which reports that controversial Christian leader Harold Camping has retired after three failed doomsday predictions.
The self-styled biblical scholar based in Oakland, Calif., has thrice predicted the world's end. First, in 1994. Then, on May 21 of this year. And again on Oct. 21. It is estimated by Camping's own staff that more than $100 million had been spent trying to wake up the world to his biblical predictions.
But, clearly, the world did not end. And Camping and his followers - including many who reportedly sold all their belongings and turned their savings accounts over to the church - have faced international ridicule and scorn.