A correspondent writes:
Once, for reasons I cannot recall, I agreed to serve as a discussant at AEI... on economic returns to religion.... I noted that there appeared to be significant differences in economic outcomes by religion (Jews do well, for example), and commented that this might be because of unobserved heterogeneity. Murray, another discussant, said that [the] research could answer the question about the "true religion," since obviously the ones most blessed should gain the most financially. I thought that only at AEI would people subject God to a market test...
Let's give the mike to The Παντοκράτωρ:
The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, "What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?" And he said, "This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry'." But God said unto him, "Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?" So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.