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July 26, 2021

Top Spring Activities in Philadelphia

Welcome a brand-new museum to Philadelphia. The Faith and Liberty Discovery Center is now open Independence Mall, joining other popular attractions. The museum, dedicated to examining how faith helped foster some of the nation’s core values, invites visitors from all backgrounds to explore six immersive galleries on a personalized, self-guided tour. Read More
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Trazee Travel

April 21, 2021

New Ways to Dive Into History in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly (and, now, Sisterly) Love, has been climbing the charts as a city to see for years — this year in particular. A few reasons? Constant innovation, world-class dining, personality to spare and a slew of fun events and locales. Everyone knows the city’s long, rebellious and important history, but Philly will soon get a new…
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Thrillest

January 4, 2021

What We’re Looking Forward to in Philly in 2021

What a decade 2020 has been. In a year where so much has changed—for better and for, uh, not better—there’s only so much reflection we can do. Instead, let’s look to the future. A 2021 where things aren’t so dire and semblances of Philadelphia, old and new, emerge from the fiery hellscape that was 2020. With the highest hopes and…
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Travelore Report

November 10, 2020

The Faith and Liberty Discovery Center Will Open on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall in May 2021, and Other 2021 Museum Openings

If there's ever been a time to reflect on one's values and the meaning of life, it's been 2020. To aid this collective soul-searching, The Faith and Liberty Discovery Center will open on Philadelphia's Independence Mall in May 2021. Designed to highlight the relationship between faith and freedom in America from its founding through today, the $60 million attraction will…
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Connect Faith

June 26, 2020

The Faith and Liberty Discovery Center Connects the Dots

The Faith and Liberty Discovery Center will open in 2021, giving Philadelphia’s Independence Mall a destination where guests can explore the relationship between faith, liberty and justice. “We want to document the influence of the Bible on our country, exploring how it inspired the nation’s ideas and how it continues to guide us today,” says the center’s Executive Director Pat…
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Metro Philadelphia

May 25, 2020

COVID-19 hasn’t stopped Bible museum’s plans

At a time when cultural institutions are struggling to stay alive, a new museum in the heart of the city’s historic district is pushing ahead. The American Bible Society’s $60 million Faith and Liberty Discovery Center was projected to open this year, but, due to coronavirus-related construction delays, its unveiling has been pushed back to next spring. It will occupy…
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Going On Faith

April 7, 2020

Pat Murdock: Honoring Faith and Liberty

Pat Murdock’s path to the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center was not a straight line. It instead turned in unexpected ways, allowing him to see the power of God behind his every move. “There were stepping stones to help prepare me as I went,” said Murdock, executive director for the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center. “When I started in the…
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Wherever Family

February 28, 2020

Faith and Liberty Discovery Center Offers a New Way to Dive into History in Philadelphia

If you’ve been hearing chatter about visiting Philadelphia in 2020, there’s good reason. The City of Brotherly (and now Sisterly) Love has been climbing the charts as a city to see for years, and 2020 in particular. Reasons being constant innovation, world-class dining, personality to spare and a slew of family-friendly events and locales. Designed by Local Projects, the organization…
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Global Traveler

February 27, 2020

New Ways to Dive Into History in Philadelphia at Faith and Liberty Discovery Center

If you’ve been hearing chatter about visiting Philadelphia in 2020, there’s a good reason. The City of Brotherly (and now Sisterly) Love is climbing the charts as a city to see, and in 2020 in particular. Designed by Local Projects, the organization behind the 9/11 Museum, Faith and Liberty Discovery Center is expected to open in late 2020 — a…
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Hidden City

December 5, 2019

American Bible Society Brings Tours and Trepidation to Old City

When it comes to religious sites, Old City is undoubtedly one of the most densely packed areas in Philadelphia, if not the country. So when the American Bible Society (ABS) moved to 5th and Market Streets four years ago after 200 years in New York City, the organization certainly felt it was in good company. ABS was eager to be…
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Black Christian News Network One

April 21, 2021

Honoring the Courage of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower’s 400th Anniversary

The recent election is certainly one of the most tumultuous in American history. Citizens across the political spectrum are worried about the American ship of state and whether or not she is seaworthy for what looks to be a perilous journey into the future. And yet, perilous voyages into the unknown by courageous adventurers are defining of the American story…
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The Christian Post

January 20, 2021

President Biden should follow Lincoln’s lead

On January 20th, President-elect Joe Biden will become President Joe Biden when he takes the oath of office. If he follows the lead of most of his predecessors (going back to George Washington), he’ll do so on an open Bible. The seriousness of the moment, the public trust invested in the executive branch, seems to demand an appeal to the…
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Black Christian News Network One

November 11, 2020

1619 or 1620?

Last year marked the culmination of The New York Times’ controversial 1619 Project. The project rightly brought attention to the importance of the African American story of enslavement and 400 year struggle for freedom. But its original claim that the United States was founded in 1619 rather than 1776 went too far. A better year with a compelling story to…
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The Christian Post

November 5, 2020

What Would Sojourner Truth Do?

“This is the most important election in our life time,” said the message on my phone. “Our democracy is at stake. We need your help to get out the vote.” I could ignore the message, or call back and volunteer. What would Sojourner Truth do? Sojourner Truth worked to get out the vote in 1872. At stake was Reconstruction, which…
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Black Christian News Network One

May 16, 2020

Religious Freedom in the Time of Coronavirus

Debates over the impact of shut-down orders on churches have produced dramatic flashpoints for religious freedom. Florida arrested megachurch Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne for continuing to hold services despite closure orders. The governor of Kentucky threatened to send state troopers to take down the license plate numbers of anyone who left their homes for an Easter service — even if they…
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The Christian Post

May 11, 2020

An Epidemic Precedent of Faith

Historians often cringe when the word “unprecedented” is used to describe current events like the COVID-19 pandemic. While many aspects of the pandemic are new, devastating diseases are not new to the world, nor to the American experience. In 1793, Yellow Fever killed 10 percent of Philadelphians, forced President Washington’s government to evacuate our first capital, and wrecked its economy…
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The Christian Post

April 23, 2020

World Book Day and the Good Book

Today is the United Nations’ designated “World Book Day,” a symbolic day for world literature, cultural knowledge, and collective wisdom. Now is the time, perhaps more than ever before, with schools, libraries, and bookstores shuttered around the world and so many of us quarantined and isolated in our homes, to mark World Book Day by reading a good book. Read…
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Christian Post

February 29, 2020

George Washington’s antidote to anti-Semitism

The current tenor in American national life is deeply unsettled and increasingly violent. Violent language online stokes plans for some individuals to commit acts of violence, and too often those acts of violence carry an anti-Semitic edge. Read More
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The Christian Post

February 12, 2020

Mr. Rogers and His Good Book

Mr. Rogers, the television host played by Oscar nominee Tom Hanks, wanted children to be his neighbors. Commonly unappreciated are the deep Biblical dimensions of this seemingly simple hope. In its 1991 Final Report, the bipartisan National Commission on Children found that “many children are in jeopardy. They grow up in families that are in turmoil…. Some of these children…
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The Christian Post

November 23, 2019

The Currency of Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman has yet to appear on the twenty-dollar bill or any federal note. But the hero of the Underground Railroad has newly minted cultural currency of her own. The biopic Harriet, directed by Kasi Lemmons and starring Cynthia Erivo, delivers suspense and vindication. And there’s a new biography: She Came to Slay: the Life and Times of Harriet Tubman,…
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July 26, 2021

Ticket sales launch for Philadelphia’s $60-million Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, opening May 1

February 8, 2021 Ticket sales are now live for the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, a $60-million attraction opening May 1 on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. Designed to highlight the relationship between faith and freedom in America from the country’s founding through today, the Center will deliver an immersive, personal, and highly interactive experience facilitated by technology never before used in…
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December 9, 2019

Faith and Liberty Discovery Center assembles seasoned leadership team in anticipation of 2020 opening

A team of proven leaders with a wealth of experience in policy, education, issues of faith and non-profit, museum and tourism management has been assembled to steer the future Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, opening on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall in 2020. The $60-million interactive and immersive experience will explore the relationship between faith and freedom in America from its founding…
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November 1, 2019

$60 Million Faith and Liberty Discovery Center tops off in anticipation of 2020 opening on Independence Mall

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1, 2019 — Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, a $60-million coming attraction at Independence Mall, marked its topping off today with a celebration that saw workers sign and then lift into place the final steel beam. The milestone brings the center a significant step closer to its 2020 opening, when it will introduce an anticipated 250,000 annual visitors to an interactive,…
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September 18, 2019

Scholar joins the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center to explore Native American story as it relates to and informs faith and liberty in America

To help in exploring and understanding the Native American story as it relates to and informs faith and liberty in America, Rev. Dr. John Norwood has been appointed as an affiliated scholar of the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center. The Faith and Liberty Discovery Center explores the relationship between faith and freedom in America from its founding through today. The…
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June 18, 2019

Dr. Mark David Hall joins the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center as an affiliated scholar

Dr. Mark David Hall is the Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics and Faculty Fellow in the William Penn Honors Program at George Fox University To show how the Bible and theological arguments helped encourage America’s Founders to embrace religious freedom, the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center has named Mark David Hall an affiliated scholar. Hall teaches at George Fox…
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June 18, 2019

Scholar joins the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center to show the important and meaning of the First Amendments in the story of America

To highlight the importance and meaning of the First Amendment in the story of America, the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center has named Dr. Jesse Covington an affiliated scholar. Covington teaches at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he is an Associate Professor of Political Science. He has published on topics such as John Locke, Saint Augustine, Natural Law,…
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June 10, 2019

Faith and Libert Discovery Center Restores the Imperiled Bible of Betsy Ross

With financial assistance from Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, the newly restored Bible of Betsy Ross will be unveiled during National Flag Week at the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia. The Bible will be on display throughout National Flag Week, beginning yesterday, June 9 and will remain on show through July 7. Funded by the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center,…
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December 14, 2018

William Penn Biographer joins the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center

Rutgers University Professor Andrew Murphy plans to lecture in Philadelphia, where ‘Everybody knows a little about Penn, but nobody knows too much’ To help people learn about William Penn and how his vision remains relevant, the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center has named Rutgers University professor Andrew Murphy an affiliated scholar. Murphy recently wrote William Penn: A Life – the…
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November 29, 2018

Construction Begins on the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center

Free, Behind-the-Scenes Tour on Dec. 13 Offers Sneak Peek at the $60 Million Attraction PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 29, 2018 —Construction has begun on the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, and the $60 million attraction on Independence Mall is slated to open in 2020, American Bible Society officials announced today. Expected to draw 250,000 visitors annually, the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center will…
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June 11, 2017

One of America’s Most Immersive and Interactive Experiences Coming to Independence Mall

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 11, 2017 —A $60 million attraction with unprecedented technology will open on Independence Mall in fall 2018, highlighting how from past to present, the Bible has changed those who changed America, American Bible Society announced Wednesday. The Faith & Liberty Discovery Center is expected to draw 250,000 visitors annually, accelerating strong growth for America’s most historic square mile.…
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“What the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center should be, at its finest, is a place that unites. A place where we can buffer ourselves against all of the harsh devices and systems and platforms and politics and social media that separates us.”

Jake Barton, Principal of the award-winning firm, Local Projects, which designed the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and is now planning the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center

“While the American Bible Society has a religious element to it, it’s really about the discovery of a book that is so profoundly broad. You don’t have to take it at a religious level, take it at a philosophical level.”

Siobhan A. Reardon, President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia

“For many, the diversity that characterizes contemporary American society represents a worrisome or threatening development. William Penn envisioned a colony in which many religious communities could not only peacefully coexist, but also work together across religious lines in order to benefit the entire society.”

Andrew Murphy, professor of political science, Rutgers University

“There’s a fascinating intersection of religion, politics, and law in the founding of America. The Bible is woven into the fabric of the American experience. You have to know something about the Bible to understand America. From early colonies that were founded as Bible commonwealths to our nation’s first laws, the Bible provided the basic building blocks of American civic life.”

Dr. Daniel Dreisbach, American University Professor whose scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. He wrote the new book Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers, and he’s part of the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center’s scholarly team

“There is a significant amount of humanity that has departed from religion, but one does not need to be religious to understand that our world was shaped by religion. You could argue this context isn’t important – that we could do without it – but in the long run, a society that loses touch with its history in a deep sense is going to repeat its mistakes. If you want the society that America’s founders were thinking of and cherish the universality of the ideas they distilled, you need to understand the North Star of their discourse.”

Eran Shalev, professor and chair in the history department at Haifa University in Israel, and author of American Zion: The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War

“Too many think the Bible has been a book of oppression. While many in history certainly have used the Bible to oppress peoples like African-Americans, Native-Americans, and women, the Bible has largely been a cultural force for social reform and progress in the American liberty narrative. It’s a complicated story that needs to be told well.”

Dr. Nancy Koester, author of the award-winning book Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life

“The Bible has not and is not going to mean the same thing for everybody. But the good thing is it can be interpreted differently to come up with fresh solutions to modern problems.”

Dr. Michael Lee, the Grace Kea Associate Professor of History at Eastern University, who has written the book The Erosion of Biblical Certainty: Battles Over Authority and Interpretation in America

“This will be wonderful. It will be non-judgmental, and an enriching way to explore what is religion and what the Bible is.”

Rabbi Albert Gabbai, Congregation Mikveh Israel, neighboring the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center, known as the "Synagogue of the American Revolution" and the oldest continuous synagogue in the United States

“Once the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center opens, I think it is really going to attract not just visitors, but residents. Regardless of your faith and whether you believe in God, this gives us an opportunity to learn from what people had in the past and what we might have in the future. It adds to the history and the culture and the diversity of our city.”

Mark Squilla, Philadelphia City Councilman

“We don’t have to shy away from discussing the biblical influences on the Founding Fathers, because they are essential to understanding our constitutional history. Starting with Thomas Jefferson, all the framers believed people were born with certain inherent rights that came from God or nature rather than Government.”

Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center

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