There is a legendary Sign that apparently used to be up in New England — as in the image, “In God we trust, all other’s pay cash” The researcher’s version is also well-known… all others better have a double-blind controlled trial or a meta analysis.
I think the first use of an experiment as a scientific method was Joshua setting a hypothesis and a trial with fleeces. And the first public experiment was Elijah setting up two altars. His hypothesis was that Ba’al was a fraud.
20So Ahab sent to all the Israelites, and assembled the prophets at Mount Carmel. 21Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” The people did not answer him a word. 22Then Elijah said to the people, “I, even I only, am left a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets number four hundred fifty. 23Let two bulls be given to us; let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it; I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it. 24Then you call on the name of your god and I will call on the name of the LORD; the god who answers by fire is indeed God.” All the people answered, “Well spoken!” 25Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it first, for you are many; then call on the name of your god, but put no fire to it.” 26So they took the bull that was given them, prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, crying, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no voice, and no answer. They limped about the altar that they had made. 27At noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud! Surely he is a god; either he is meditating, or he has wandered away, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.” 28Then they cried aloud and, as was their custom, they cut themselves with swords and lances until the blood gushed out over them. 29As midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice, no answer, and no response.
30Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come closer to me”; and all the people came closer to him. First he repaired the altar of the LORD that had been thrown down; 31Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD came, saying, “Israel shall be your name”; 32with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD. Then he made a trench around the altar, large enough to contain two measures of seed. 33Next he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood. He said, “Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.“ 34Then he said, “Do it a second time”; and they did it a second time. Again he said, “Do it a third time”; and they did it a third time, 35so that the water ran all around the altar, and filled the trench also with water.
36At the time of the offering of the oblation, the prophet Elijah came near and said, “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your bidding. 37Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” 38Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and even licked up the water that was in the trench. 39When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The LORD indeed is God; the LORD indeed is God.” 40Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal; do not let one of them escape.” Then they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the Wadi Kishon, and killed them there.
I can hear the Liberals in the background. You heteronormative, intolerant, racist bastard. How dare you quote this — for all the prophets of Ba’al are being killed.
To which I say too things.
1. Truth is intolerant of lies — and post modernism is a system of lies.
2. Karma is a bitch. The Queen of Israel was one Jezebel who had been killing the prophets of the living God. Elijah is setting off a rebellion, that will destroy the house of Ahab: and to begin with he destroys the ideology of the elite and those who whisper sweet corruption to the people.
There was nothing metaphorical about Elijah. Sarcasm — sure. But he was not subtle. He was not called to be subtle. And, as our society moves more and more into error, we should be as subtle as a rock.
For good theologians, like good scientists, follow the data. They report what they see. They do not adjust their findings to the whims of the ruling class — that is Lysenkoism, and Lysenko almost destroyed the Soviet scientific programme. And so, when the data shows that the world is cooling, the correct response to the politically driven Green academy demanding we fight global warming is mocking laughter or (if you have the power) defund the bastards. But do not encourage them. Do not associate with them. Confront them.
And remember the Green Taliban are not the only group who will destroy society in their worship of false Gods, throwing data and lives away in the hope that their bright and shining lie will appear unsullied.