Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby

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Princeton University Press, Sep 22, 2017 - Religion - 240 pages

How the billionaire owners of Hobby Lobby are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to make America a “Bible nation”

Like many evangelical Christians, the Green family of Oklahoma City believes that America was founded on a “biblical worldview as a Christian nation.” But the Greens are far from typical evangelicals in other ways. The billionaire owners of Hobby Lobby, a huge nationwide chain of craft stores, the Greens came to national attention in 2014 after successfully suing the federal government over their religious objections to provisions of the Affordable Care Act. What is less widely known is that the Greens are now America’s biggest financial supporters of Christian causes—and they are spending hundreds of millions of dollars in an ambitious effort to increase the Bible’s influence on American society. In Bible Nation, Candida Moss and Joel Baden provide the first in-depth investigative account of the Greens’ sweeping Bible projects and the many questions they raise.

Bible Nation tells the story of the Greens’ rapid acquisition of an unparalleled collection of biblical antiquities; their creation of a closely controlled group of scholars to study and promote their collection; their efforts to place a Bible curriculum in public schools; and their construction of a $500 million Museum of the Bible near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Bible Nation reveals how these seemingly disparate initiatives promote a very particular set of beliefs about the Bible—and raise serious ethical questions about the trade in biblical antiquities, the integrity of academic research, and more.

Bible Nation is an important and timely account of how a vast private fortune is being used to promote personal faith in the public sphere—and why it should matter to everyone.

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Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby

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Biblical scholars Moss (The Myth of Persecution) and Baden (The Historical David) become dogged investigative journalists as they seek to understand how the Green family, the billionaire owners of ... Read full review

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Prayers for all who begin with judgement in their hearts. I am not one to say the Greens are right or wrong, nor do I know their story. I can say, however, that all benefit from a bible museum, the teaching of Jesus Christ (whom is God in the flesh), and knowing how to go to heaven when you die. Jesus loves you and hell was created for satan and his angels, yet there are people screaming and burning there for all of eternity. What can you do? Repent, out loud, ask God for forgiveness for your sins, proclaim out loud you believe in Jesus death, burial and resurrection, to take you to heaven when you die. If you truly believe this you are sealed until the day of redemption. That means you live a life for Jesus! Of course once you are saved and have prayed this prayer, you can not lose your salvation. The world calls saved people many things, know that the correct term for what you believe in is, "born-again KJV bible believing independent baptist". I will pray for all who question where they are going when they die. (See for yourself in the King James Bible= Romans 3:23, 3:10, 5:8 and 6:23) 

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About the author (2017)

Candida R. Moss is the Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham and the author of, among other books, The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Dangerous Legacy (HarperOne). Joel S. Baden is professor of Hebrew Bible at the Yale Divinity School. His books include The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero (HarperOne).