How Has the Bible Shaped Our World?: An Interview with Steve Green
by Jonathan Petersen
Why is the Bible the bestselling book of all time? Why does it ignite religious debate, social upheaval, and political controversy? How could one ancient book have so much power through the centuries?
Bible Gateway interviewed Steve Green (@SteveGreenHL), who, along with his wife Jackie, wrote, This Dangerous Book: How the Bible Has Shaped Our World and Why It Still Matters Today (Zondervan, 2017).
Explain what the title means.
Steve Green: The title of the book reflects our view of the Bible: it’s a dangerous book. What we mean by that is that throughout history, we’ve seen those who have rightly applied the principles of the Bible, and we’ve seen revolutionary results. People who follow the principles of the Bible—even unknowingly—tend to have a dramatic impact on their world. For instance, no one would argue that it’s a bad idea “to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). On the other hand, those who don’t follow it’s principles or misuse the principles of the Bible for their own purposes can have equally devastating impact. For instance, Jim Jones led a mass suicide of the People’s Temple with his aberrant teachings.
How (and why) did you get the idea to build a museum dedicated to the Bible?
Steve Green: Actually, we had some other people bring us the idea of the museum dedicated to the Bible. They asked us to look at some buildings for them, and later we were able to buy a Bible artifact in 2009. Our intentions at that time, however, were to donate artifacts to a museum that someone else would develop. However, after a period of time passed, it became clear that the Lord was impressing upon us that our country needed a world class Bible museum and that it was our calling to undertake such a project. The Museum of the Bible (@museumofBible) officially opened its doors to the public on November 17, 2017…
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