Bible museum planned for US capital

Jul 18, 2014

The devout Christian family that upended a part of President Barack Obama's health care law aims to open a Bible museum in Washington in 2017, a spokesperson for the project said Friday.

The Green family, owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores, is contributing its vast private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts to the museum planned a few blocks from the Capitol and the National Mall.

Hobby Lobby made headlines in June when the Supreme Court ruled it could refuse to include birth control coverage in its employee health plans on religious grounds.

The ruling was seen by some as a victory for religious freedoms in the United States—as well as a blow to a controversial section of Obama's health care reforms.

"The yet-to-be-named museum is scheduled to open in 2017" in the one-time Washington Design Center in the heart of the US capital, the spokesperson for the project told AFP by email.

The project was first announced in January 2012 in a press release from the non-profit Museum of the Bible organization that did not specify an opening date.

The "non-sectarian, scholarly-focused international " is to tell how the Bible came to be, its global impact, and the story that is told "in this best-selling book of all time."

The Green family, based in Oklahoma, has acquired more than 40,000 items for its private biblical collection, some which have been included in traveling exhibitions around the world.

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BSD
3.8 / 5 (10) Jul 18, 2014
This is religious shit, not fucking science. Get rid of it.
field_gareth
3.8 / 5 (4) Jul 18, 2014
Ew, gross. I love the South, and wish that it's heritage wasn't continually smeared. There is good stuff and good people down there!!!
Dr_toad
Jul 18, 2014
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AlexCoe
4.2 / 5 (5) Jul 18, 2014
This does NOT belong on Phys.org
Dr_toad
Jul 18, 2014
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Doug_Huffman
1 / 5 (6) Jul 19, 2014
Live! Enjoy the randomness. Or not! Up to you.
Benoit Mandelbrot called reality fractally complex, and GOD makes a fine Black Swan camouflaged therein.

God Bless US Bitter Clingers. My evolution from decision theory under uncertainty, in Pascal's Wager, through Martin Luther's Large Catechism, to the Five Solae has been wonderfully satisfying. Good people ought to be armed as they will, with wits and guns and the Truth. MOLON LABE applies to more than arms.
Dr_toad
Jul 19, 2014
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TheGhostofOtto1923
4.2 / 5 (10) Jul 19, 2014
Live! Enjoy the randomness. Or not! Up to you.
Benoit Mandelbrot called reality fractally complex, and GOD makes a fine Black Swan camouflaged therein.

God Bless US Bitter Clingers. My evolution from decision theory under uncertainty, in Pascal's Wager, through Martin Luther's Large Catechism, to the Five Solae has been wonderfully satisfying. Good people ought to be armed as they will, with wits and guns and the Truth. MOLON LABE applies to more than arms.
Sorry dougie bad poetry doesn't make you appear any more smarter than you already aren't.

Since this 'museum' is in the nations capital shouldn't it present a balanced picture of the bibles veracity? Shouldn't it also be made to include the latest evidence from archeology that the bible stories can't be anything but myth? Shouldn't citizens know that historians have discovered many identical such messiahs? Shouldn't the various critical problems with the book itself be given equal exposure?
Dr_toad
Jul 19, 2014
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Whydening Gyre
4.4 / 5 (7) Jul 19, 2014
"in this best-selling book of all time."

More like "best promoted"...
Dr_toad
Jul 19, 2014
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foolspoo
not rated yet Jul 19, 2014
Precisely where these arcane idelogues belong. A great deal can be learned from these philosophies on life.
kochevnik
1 / 5 (4) Jul 19, 2014
Right? I thought all along that bibles were free. Like soap and pillow chocolates. And towels...
Or AIDS
Dr_toad
Jul 19, 2014
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TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (9) Jul 20, 2014
"in this best-selling book of all time."

More like "best promoted"...
Should include the qualifier 'least read of the best-selling'. If more people actually read it like a book they would believe far less.

Beware all translations! Even the NIV corrected the 2nd version of the creation myth to match the first. And they changed 'in the gate' to 'in court' in the quiverfull passage, thereby changing the purpose of 'the children of our youth' from that of soldiers to peanut gallery rooters.

Too bad there's no god and no hell to deal with adulterers like these. But then they've been adulterating for centuries according to Bart ehrman. Everybody thinks they know what god meant better than god hisself.

-sorry wg I hit the 1/5 star out of habit
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.9 / 5 (7) Jul 20, 2014
Bart ehrman on biblical veracity
http://youtu.be/oNn7b_kz9dM

-Perhaps next door to this museum should be a museum called 'Bible Fail: Unreliable, Incoherent, and Self-Contradictory'

We could crowd-source it. But there are many billionaire unbelievers who are giving away most of their money right now. I suggest this or something similar as a worthy project. How about an evolution museum in Petersburg KY or someplace where people actually go?
Captain Stumpy
5 / 5 (6) Jul 20, 2014
This does NOT belong on Phys.org
@AlexCoe
yes and no... religion does NOT belong on a science site, I completely agree, but this also refers to historical content
contributing its vast private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts to the museum planned a few blocks from the Capitol and the National Mall
regardless of the book itself, you can learn a LOT about a people/person by the material which was made during that time frame.

would I support it? NO
are the BOOKS historical, and thus can they be relevant? yes (in that context, I can understand this post being here)
if their actual aim is intended to tell "how the bible came to be" as written above, I hope that they include historical and relevant archeological data like the stuff Otto digs up and posts, which is not only RELEVANT but EMPIRICALLY SUPPORTED

@Dr. Toad
left you a message on Sciforums at your profile
Dr_toad
Jul 20, 2014
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Whydening Gyre
5 / 5 (5) Jul 20, 2014
-sorry wg I hit the 1/5 star out of habit.

No prob, Ghost. It happens....
Not that I really give a crap bout ratings, but someday I might even make it up to over 3...:-)
JohnGee
5 / 5 (5) Jul 20, 2014
The most dangerous religious zealots are the ones that think they reasoned themselves into their position. See Doug Huffman, perpetual moron.
flashgordon
1 / 5 (2) Jul 20, 2014
For my scientific summary of all the easiest to verify facts about the western tradition religions, see my Gospel of Truth,

http://wwwscienti...uth.html
Whydening Gyre
5 / 5 (1) Jul 20, 2014
For my scientific summary of all the easiest to verify facts about the western tradition religions, see my Gospel of Truth,

http://wwwscienti...uth.html

Flash,
Due to adult ADHD (and probly too much coffee) I didn't read it all. However, what I did read was interesting enough and made a lot of sense. Could have used spell-check, tho...:-)
Ghost of Otto would probly like it.
To all others in the thread. Flash's link is NOT religious. It is a breakdown of how many religious philosophies came to be, based on previous beliefs in human history.
flashgordon
5 / 5 (1) Jul 21, 2014
For my scientific summary of all the easiest to verify facts about the western tradition religions, see my Gospel of Truth,

http://wwwscienti...uth.html

Flash,
Due to adult ADHD (and probly too much coffee) I didn't read it all. However, what I did read was interesting enough and made a lot of sense. Could have used spell-check, tho...:-)
Ghost of Otto would probly like it.
To all others in the thread. Flash's link is NOT religious. It is a breakdown of how many religious philosophies came to be, based on previous beliefs in human history.


Thanks for the reply Whydening Gyre; I get almost no replies from anybody whether religious or not! I'm amazed at the variety of personal problems all kinds of people have. They all seem to have one reason or another to prevent thought!
Whydening Gyre
not rated yet Jul 21, 2014
Not sure I would have used "Gospel of Truth", tho. Personally, I took that descriptor as satirical. However, it might make some people squeamish about taking a look...
flashgordon
not rated yet Jul 21, 2014
Not sure I would have used "Gospel of Truth", tho. Personally, I took that descriptor as satirical. However, it might make some people squeamish about taking a look...


Those who couldn't see what you saw must have mental problems . . .
Whydening Gyre
not rated yet Jul 22, 2014
Thanks for the reply Whydening Gyre; I get almost no replies from anybody whether religious or not! I'm amazed at the variety of personal problems all kinds of people have. They all seem to have one reason or another to prevent thought!

"Personal problems" might be a little harsh. I see them more as prejudices acquired by the age of 18. Usually provided by their social environment.
We live in a time of amazingly diverse amount of info. Sorting through it can be - tasking. And it can result in some miscommunications.
foolspoo
not rated yet Jul 31, 2014
Precisely where these arcane idelogues belong. A great deal can be learned from these philosophies on life.


What?


where is the confusion? The misspelling? apologies.... ideologues!
foolspoo
not rated yet Sep 15, 2014
Was it you Dr. Toad that proved your incompetence by inaccurately deciphering this extremely simple screen name?!? ;)