Book Club: Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby

Sacramento Freethinkers, Atheists, & Nonbelievers (FAN)
Sacramento Freethinkers, Atheists, & Nonbelievers (FAN)
Public group

Every 3rd Monday of the month until January 17, 2021

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We'll be discussing: Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby, by Candida R. Moss

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.
240 Pages

Come with a few thoughts/ideas about the book to discuss!

About the Venue
For this month's book club we'll be hosting it at the Sacramento Reason Center (http://www.reasoncenter.org/). A price of $1.00 per person is strongly suggested (but don't let the high price discourage you from attending, we'll figure out how to pay for everyone attending)

About the Book Club

• We're glad to have you join us - if you hate the book, love the book, or even didn't finish the book. If you're a newcomer, get a head start on the book for next month by looking at the monthly lineup (https://www.meetup.com/SacFAN/messages/boards/thread/51833598#[masked])!