Apocalypse Later: Harold Camping vs the End of the WorldHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
"There is no possibility that it will not happen!" Christian radio evangelist Harold Camping sounded the alarm. May 21, 2011 was to be Judgment Day, God's intervention into our worldly affairs. The billboards declared, "The Bible guarantees it!" From where does this Apocalyptic excitement originate? Apocalypse Later traces the roots of end times predictions from the Book of Daniel to the historical Jesus and lastly to Paul, the greatest of the Apostles. The same excitement that Harold tapped into for his May 21st prediction is the same excitement that helped birth a world religion 2000 years ago. For two weeks leading up to May 21st, filmmaker Zeke Piestrup was granted full access as the only journalist to speak daily with Harold Camping. The up close portrait is juxtaposed with commentary from three giants of biblical scholarship: Bart Ehrman, John Collins, and Loren Stuckenbruck. From Mark 9:1 to May 21, the end is coming right now! Or, perhaps a little later.
Doc with Navigational Dexterity
Stunning access to the innermost circle of the church behind the most bizarre 'end of the world' episode of our times is captured in this engaging documentary. Within a highly polarized arena, the filmmaker allows participants to candidly tell their story without trumpeting his own views. This is accomplished with a navigational dexterity in juxtaposing Apocolypicists with religious scholars to produce a message refreshing frank, honest, yet fully orthogonal to that espoused by the church group. No rare feat. All capped of with an unexpected exchange between filmmaker and church leader leaving the viewer with a sense of renewed hope regardless of view. Five Stars!
Well done! Never seen a flick actually show you the before and after of a doomsday prognosticator, which I thought was super interesting. Definitely worth a look, if only to see what that world is like.
Left me wanting
I was fascinated by the fact that Camping allowed someone to follow him around with a camera. But I was left wanting with a couple areas. 1. Inaccuracies. Calvary Bible Church wasn't founded by Chuck Smith 2. Holes in the story. we never got to hear Camping explain why he thought 1988 was the end of the church age. that was just left hanging. 3. The counter balance was given, for the most part, to liberal/ progressive theologians. Barely any room was given to modern day theologians who hold to a more conservative / literal translation of Scripture.