Bible Nation: Hobby Lobby, Scripture, and the Making of America
THE INAUGURAL WOLFE LECTURE ON RELIGION AND AMERICAN POLITICS
Candida Moss, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
In 2014 the Green Family, the owners of Hobby Lobby, Inc, burst into public consciousness with their controversial lawsuit Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The Green family cast themselves as family business owners reluctantly drawn into litigation by the overreach of a bloated federal government. This may be true, but their involvement in American politics and culture making preceded the lawsuit. Since 2009 the Greens had been collecting Biblical artifacts. Eventually those artifacts would find their way into the recently opened, Green-sponsored Museum of the Bible in DC. The Museum, the public face of the family’s evangelical project, is part of a larger effort to return America to her perceived Christian roots. This lecture explores the Green family’s motivations, their involvement in public life, and the scope of their influence.
Wednesday, February 7 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Gasson Hall, 100
Gasson Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467