"Demonstrates the use of Scripture in contemporary political discussions, providing a hermeneutical approach to using the Bible on controversial political topics like gun control, gay marriage, healthcare, immigration, the environment, taxes, etc"--
Includes bibliographical references (p. 26) ; The Bible is not a book of ecology. It does recommend a human ecology, accentuating life in justice and love that makes possible a good (righteous), long (sustainable) life in a promised, promising land. Contemporary readers encounter claims about how to value nature, the earthen genesis with intrinsic goodness, blessed by God. That vision is biocentric, anthropocentric, and theocentric. The Hebrew scriptures can be a catalyst in our ecological crisis.
"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." --Publisher description