America’s capital is finally getting the Bible museum it so desperately needs! And, of course, it’s brought to you by the good people at Hobby Lobby!
The biggest challenge for a Bible museum that’s bankrolled by the evangelical Green family? Well, that it might actually be designed for the purpose of proselytizing rather than as a museum of historical artifacts related to the history of the Abrahamic faiths:
Elizabeth Merritt, founding director of the Washington-based Center for the Future of Museums, said keeping a clear distinction between science and religion was the most important challenge the Bible museum faced in differentiating itself from so-called creation museums, like the one in Petersburg, Ky., that has drawn scorn from paleontologists for displays making the case that dinosaurs died in a biblical flood.
As the Green collection evolved from an assemblage of rare biblical artifacts to the curation of a large museum, Mr. Carroll, formerly a professor at Baylor University, decided in 2012 to part ways with the project. While he believes in the scholarly roots and historical significance of the collection, he is concerned that the Green family faces a difficult challenge in balancing its passion for ministry with the objective mission of a museum.
And the concern seems to be justified since “Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby and the son of its founder, has referred to the Bible as ‘a reliable historical document,’ and, as part of the museum project, he is developing a curriculum to ‘reintroduce this book to this nation.’”
On the plus side, this looks to be a really nice spot for many of the Supreme Court justices to hang out.
HT: Brian McCraw.