Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Museum of the Bible references Islam twice, and other things we learned on our tour

By Elizabeth Flock
WASH, DC---The Museum of the Bible, the sprawling, 430,000-square-foot tribute to the good book, has been dogged by controversies long before opening day. It’s been criticized for not including enough Jesus, for excluding various religious traditions, and for being evangelical propaganda. The museum is funded by evangelical businessman Steve Green, the head of craft-store giant Hobby Lobby, who has maintained the museum will be nonsectarian. It is slated to oepn next week just blocks from the U.S. Capitol and National Mall. Now that the museum is finally finished (or close to it), its detractors will finally see whether their concerns are justified, and the nearly 50 percent of Americans who regularly turn to the Bible will have an opportunity to learn more. [More]
The lobby features a 140-foot digital mosaic that rotates through different images. Jennifer Kerrigan/NPR