If this were published in wikipedia (not a paragon of excellence at that) it would be flagged POV. We don't live inside Miller. How do we know he was sincere?
A person who is insincere does not admit their error.
A person who is insincere doesn't devote their life to something preposterous unless it enriches them.
Miller did apologize and I've seen no indication he was monetarily rewarded in any way. He was, however, reviled.
Where Miller is intellectually dishonest, however, is in failing to completely back away from End Times beliefs AFTER abundant demonstration of their falsity.
This amounts to either hubris, stubborness or vapidity.
I miss the point. Miller as distinguished statesperson? The record does not reflect it. Knowledge that the WTBTS is not alone in calculating goofy dates? Helpful to those willing to believe.
Jesus says no one knows the hour. I trust Jesus. Between Jesus and Miller, Jesus has my vote.
I never stated that Miller was a distinguished statesperson. He was a war hero with a fine family background. His gravitas was that of a serious-minded believer who respected the Bible as a source of latter day prophecy.
The calculating of goofy dates is among the most unfortunate aspects of mystical christians who totally misunderstand that the Bible is not a source of encylopedic precision. It is storytelling dressed up as biography, conversation and inspiration.
The largest error Christianity makes is in viewing the Bible as though it were NOT manmade fanfiction. When I say "fanfiction" I mean a whole lot of
imagination added to what kernels of fact managed to pass through history unscathed by superstious Jews.
RELIGION is SUPERSTITION and superstition does not feed on fact--rather, it feeds on emotional investment in wish-fulfillment.