Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby

August 25, 2019 - Comment

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

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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Anonymous says:

Excellent research, balanced presentation and scary as hell Bible Nation is so well and carefully written and researched. It is clear that authors Moss and Baden wanted to tell the story as clearly and accurately as possible without diving into nasty attacks on the Green Family. I so appreciated that thoughtful tone.I have read many books about the evangelical power structure as it influences faith, policy, politics and business (books by Mark Noll, George Marsden, and recently, One Nation Under God, The Evangelicals, The latest Democracy in…

Anonymous says:

Too Much Green, not Enough Bible History Most people who keep up with the news know about Hobby Lobby’s law suit over whether business owners whose religious convictions forbid participating in the part of Obamacare that requires the business to cover contraceptives. They won the Supreme Court case.What most Americans don’t know is that Hobby Lobby is owned by the Green family, worth approximately four billion dollars, and that they are involved in other religious endeavors such as a Bible curriculum for the public schools…

Anonymous says:

This is like the way Social Darwinist abuse the theory of evolution … This book is jaw dropping on many levels. For one, it is an interesting peak into the world of the shadowy artifacts trade. So fascinating to see how the Greens employ all these mechanisms and how so many people are in this to make a buck.But also,there is the interplay between religion and public policy. the Greens through the Courts and motivated by religion have altered the law in the US in a way that will impact millions.However, the Museum of the people coupled with there PR…

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