In the first week of this humble blog we posted Debating Creationists: The Big Lie. As an introduction to our topic today, we must quote a bit of what we said there:
Even if all biologists were in the clutches of evolution’s vile, atheist conspiracy, presumably bribed by their academic paychecks and research grants, there’s no reason for profit-seeking corporations to cripple themselves by sticking with a “fraud” like evolution — not when there’s an allegedly better theory around. The free enterprise system isn’t interested in ideology — only what works. Business executives and their shareholders are results-oriented, and if there’s a legal way to use knowledge to earn profits, they’ll do it. But somehow, despite the incentives to stay ahead of the competition, flood geologists aren’t recruited by the mining or oil industries, creation scientists aren’t hired as researchers for the biotech industry or pharmaceutical firms, and — this is trivial, but true — specialists in Noah’s Ark aren’t in demand by naval architects.
Isn’t it amazing that these industries, which are profit-oriented and thus non-ideological, which employ tens of thousands of scientists in the fields of biology, geology, etc., never specifically recruit creationists and don’t waste their time or their shareholders’ money doing “creation science”?
That’s enough. You get the idea. Now why did we start with that? It’s because — and this is a rarity — we must confess that we made an error. One of our clandestine operatives tipped us off to this article at the NPR website: Drilling For Oil, Based On The Bible: Do Oil And Religion Mix? It’s a great story. You’ll want to read it all, so we’ll just give you a few snippets, with a bit of bold font added for emphasis:
Zion Oil & Gas, based in Dallas, is a publicly traded company that believes it is commanded by the Bible to search for oil in Israel, both to help the Holy Land and make money for investors. The 22 employees of Zion Oil in Texas and Israel, and many of its 30,000 investors, believe the company is on a mission from God.
Holy moly! This is an example of what said didn’t exist. How could we have been so wrong? Let’s read on:
“God creates this. He provides the money and the place where to drill. Now why we haven’t got the oil yet, I don’t know. I have never drilled one oil well I didn’t expect to find oil,” says John Brown, Zion founder & CEO.
He’s a hulking, 73-year-old evangelical Christian who went to Israel, had a religious experience, came back and sold his business in Michigan, then started Zion with no prior experience in the oil industry.
Ah, now we understand our error. We neglected to consider the possibility of a self-employed creationist attempting to compete in those industries where we said creationists were never hired. But perhaps you will forgive your Curmudgeon. Who could have anticipated such a thing? Anyway, Mr. Brown says he hasn’t struck oil yet. We’re shocked — shocked! The NPR story continues:
Zion has so far drilled four wells in Israel, all of them dry holes, which is disappointing because in recent years wildcatters struck a huge natural gas field off the coast of Israel.
We’re not told whether those wildcatters were using geology or scripture. Oh wait — yes we are told — about another company:
Moreover, an Israeli oil company, Givot Olam, which is also using the Old Testament as its inspiration, has discovered oil onshore in commercial quantities.
Aaaargh!! What’s going on here? We had to look for their website — it’s here: Givot Olam Oil Ltd. Their “About” page says:
Givot Olam’s activities are carried out by an experienced multi-disciplinary team consisting of petroleum scientists, oil exploration professionals, accountants and managers. This team engages in intensive technical study of the geology of Israel and surrounding countries, the planning of the Company’s exploration and production activities, and the execution of its ongoing drilling and production operations.
That, and the rest of the information they provide, looks normal to us. They don’t mention scripture or creation science. As we said in our earlier post, if there ever had been a successful industrial accomplishment based on creation science, the usual websites would be trumpeting it to the world. Instead, all the creationists have is Zion Oil, and all they have for their efforts is dry holes. Hey, get this:
Zion’s motto is “geology confirming theology.” Brown believes the Book of Deuteronomy alludes to an Israeli oil bonanza.
Never mind that three Old Testament scholars consulted for this report say the ancient Hebrew word in Deuteronomy is olive oil, not petroleum. Zion is undeterred in its mission.
One last excerpt:
Zion Oil is listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Since going public in 2000, the company has burned through $130 million. According to Morningstar, Zion’s stock has lost 90 percent of its value in the past five years.
Sounds like a great investment — if you have faith. But it would be prudent to play it safe and diversify your portfolio with some of ol’ Hambo’s Ark bonds. Then you’ll be set for life.
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