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Consultant for Creation Museum’s Noah’s Ark plans to build a Bible museum in Washington D. C. within the next four years

Consultant for Creation Museum’s Noah’s Ark plans to build a Bible museum in Washington D. C. within the next four years

Cary Summers, former consultant for the Creation Museum’s life-size Noah’s Ark, plans to build a Bible museum in Washington D. C.  He stated that research showed the nation's population will drive to see this museum, more than any other city.

"In reality, the population base within that eight-to-10 hour drive of D.C. [District of Columbia] represents half the U.S. or two-thirds and there's a lot of Christians in that group," he said on 10 July.

The Bible Museum is an “umbrella non-profit group” for a collection of Bibles collected by the billionaire Green family of Oklahoma, who said they considered other cities, but decided that the nation’s capital was the best place for the museum.  They stated they would reveal the exact location and name of the museum.

The Bible Museum, like the Creation Museum and life-size Noah’s Ark, will charge a fee for admission, but Summers says, while the Smithsonian does not charge a fee, other museums do and are quite successful.  He believes, that despite an admission fee, the Bible museum will succeed too.

A sampling of the museum’s 40,000 artifacts of what the museum will display, was on display in the Passage Exhibit at the Vatican, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Atlanta, Georgia and will soon appear in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The travelling exhibit “recreated 80% of the chamber of London's Westminster Abbey where the King James Version of the Bible was written” and museum creators expect to create a full-scale recreation.

Steve Green, president of the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain and a Southern Baptist, said the museum will feature the history, contents and influence of the Bible but will leave it up to visitors to decide whether to believe the holy book.

"When we present the evidence, I think it's going to be compelling for somebody to say, 'Wow, this is a compelling book. I might want to consider what it has to say,'" he said.

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
  • Somehow, the words "non-profit", billionaire, and admittance fee just don't go together. I'm really skeptical that it really is a non-profit group.

    • Deborah_B

      If this is just a display of bibles, I don't think it will be as controversial as the other Creation Museum related projects … I'm guessing he has to do other projects since the Noah's Ark theme park is languishing due to lack of donations.

      • I don't consider it controversial either, but red flags come up when the words "non-profit", billionaire, and a fee for admittance come up together. However, I think what would be better, is a museum with a collection of religious texts, categorized by their age, moving up to the most recent religious texts. That would mean, the first category would probably start with "The Egyptian Book of the Dead" moving through all the others we still have, to the Jewish texts, to the Gnostic and other texts, to the Bible, the Quran, and then the Book of Mormon and those Scientology texts. What this museum probably leaves out is the actual dates the books of the BIble were written, when the Bible was compiled, and what books were not included. This would put a different spin on the "cherished book".

        • Deborah_B

          That's a great museum idea!

          I'm not sure about the non-profit issues, but am going to guess that it complies with IRS rules and accounting principles.

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