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 as a Christian nation, based on a
"biblical worldview." 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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