This claim might make it appear that the bible contains some science, but when you examine it, as usual, the 'science' is more or less at kindergarten level. Yes, some of the children were fed with pulses for 10 days , while the others were fed portions of the king's meat and wine. At the end of the trial period their appearances were compared. Of course Daniel and his three friends' 'countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat'.
This sounds a bit like science doesn't it. But if a medical trial was carried out like this in the present day, would be really considered to be scientific? I think there are two possibilities.
- In alternative medicine circles, such as a test of a homeopathic 'remedy', it could be regarded as 'proof' that the magic remedy worked reliably without side effects. What a wonderful result. The results proved exactly what was expected.
- But in real science this would not be acceptable. This is the simplest sort of medical trial that could be performed. The main reason that it would not be considered valid (apart from the very poor statistics of examining only four subjects) is that it is not 'double blind' (and couldn't be). Indeed it is not even 'single blind'. In other words, everybody knew which children were in which group, and they all had a suspicion that there might be a difference in the outcomes. Who judged the results? Were they independent? The fact that the bible doe not specifically say so would be enough for the study to be thrown out in the present day.
|Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego - famous for a less believable story|
As for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they went on to much greater fame by surviving being thrown into the 'burning fiery furnace' where they met an angel who 'looked like the son of god'. Yes apparently everyone knew what the son of god looked like!
Subsequently they were promoted to positions in Babylon.
And just for a little fun, here is a song by Louis Armstrong. I would have embedded it but that feature has been disabled.