The Great Bible Experiment: Exploring the Bible in America's Least Bible-Minded Cities

This series of town-hall style discussions about the Bible traveled to four cities that surveys claim are the least “Bible-minded” in America during the month of September, 2016: New Haven, CT; Albany, NY; Providence, RI; and Boston, MA. Presented by the Massachusetts Bible Society, those who came submitted questions to a moderator who presented them to our panel. 

This program was made possible in part by an award from The BTS Center. The statements made and views expressed are solely those of the participants. 

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Watch the Entire Event
(While the panel is the same in each location, the questions were different and there were different moderators.)

Watch the event at Yale Divinity School on Sept. 7, 2016 here.

Watch the event in Albany, NY on Sept. 12, 2016 here.

Watch the event at Harvard Divinity School on Sept. 27, 2016 here. (Note: This is the raw, unedited footage as seen on the live stream)

(The video from Providence was not of suitable quality to post.)

Want to Watch Smaller Pieces? Check Out the Individual Segments Below.

Panelists answer the opening question: What's the one thing you want people to know about the Bible?

Click on the name of the panelist for their bio and on the YouTube link to the right to watch that person's answer.

Tom Krattenmaker, Yale Humanist Community, USA Today     Opening Statement on YouTube.    Hint: Non-religious people can find wisdom in the Bible.

Rev. Anne Robertson, Executive Director, Massachusetts Bible Society     Opening Statement on YouTube.    Hint: Truth and facts are different things.

Fr. Warren Savage, Catholic Chaplain, Westfield State and Amherst College     Opening Statement on YouTube.    Hint: It's all about love.

Individual Questions asked at Yale 
Click the link to watch just that question and the response of the panel.

1. How Would You Get Someone Interested in the Bible?

2. Has the Truth of the Bible Been Lost in Translation?

3. Are Factual Inaccuracies a Problem in the Bible?

4. If You Could Take Out Parts of the Bible like Thomas Jefferson Did, What Would You Remove?

5. Why Is the Bible Important to Humanists?

6. What Can We Do When the Bible Is Used for Hate?

7. What Bible Passages Can Help Us Love Better? 

8. How Can Diversity Enrich Our Bible Study?

Individual Questions asked at Albany 
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1. Why do people see the Bible as irrelevant?

2. What about the hate and violence in the Bible?

3. How does a humanist find wisdom and love but not God in the Bible?

4. Are there boundaries for biblical interpretation?

5. How can the Bible inform our view of the modern world?

6. What is the role of the Bible in fighting oppression?




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