The new eight-story Museum of the Bible located in Washington, D.C. was recently officially dedicated, despite an ongoing debate about the authenticity of the artifacts housed in the museum.


Hobby Lobby president and co-founder of the museum Steve Green dedicated the 430,000-square-foot building in front of more than 400 people on Nov. 17. Criticism has followed the project since the museum as was forced to pay a fine and returned what were proven to be fake artifacts by Federal authorities in July.


Green said that the museum makes no attempt to convince people one way or the other that the Bible is true. The museum features three sections over six floors with a 500-seat theater, restaurant, interactive ride and a rooftop Biblical garden.


“Its role is to present facts and let people make their own decisions,” Green said of the museum.


Admission to the Museum of the Bible is free, but donations are suggested.


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STUDY SAYS


Americans against government pushing traditional values


According to a recent Gallup Poll, 51 percent of Americans believe the U.S. government should not favor any particular set of values in society.


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GOOD BOOK?


“Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radial Kinship” by Gregory Boyle


In a moving example of unconditional love in difficult times, the Jesuit priest and best-selling author of “Tattoos on the Heart,” Gregory Boyle, shares what three decades of working with gang members in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of kinship. This book is guaranteed to shake up our ideas about God and about people with a glimpse at a world defined by more compassion and fewer barriers. Gently and humorously, “Barking to the Choir” invites us to find kinship with one another and reconvinces us all of our own goodness.


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THE WORD


Parvati: Pronounced “PAR-va-tee.” In Hinduism, one of many names for the Universal Mother.


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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD


According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Albania is:


— Muslim: 56.7 percent


— Roman Catholic: 10 percent


— Orthodox: 6.8 percent


— Atheist: 2.5 percent


— Bektashi: 2.1 percent


— Other: 5.7 percent


— Unspecified: 16.2 percent


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