The American Bible Society’s new museum near Independence Hall will link the Good Book to the nation’s roots

One block from Independence Hall, where the Founding Fathers met to form a new nation, the American Bible Society is making a case for the Good Book’s place in American history.

The messages in scripture about freedom, truth, and fairness were so ingrained in the culture of the new republic that Christian principles must have influenced the documents that form its foundation, the Bible society’s officials argue.

For them, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bible are inextricably intertwined.

The American Bible Society (ABS) will make that point in steel, glass, and wood in November 2020 when it opens its Faith and Liberty Discovery Center. The $60 million center under construction at the corner of Fifth and Market Streets, will explore the role of faith and the Bible in American history, a new mission for the 202-year-old organization dedicated to increasing engagement with the Bible.

“Our challenge is to create a center that will explore the relationship between faith and liberty in America from its founding to today by illuminating the influence of scripture on individuals,” said Patrick Murdock, the initiative’s managing director.

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