A free exhibit in the Braccio di Carlo Magno museum was being advertised in St. Peter’s Square. Despite our wobbly legs after climbing St. Peter’s dome, we went in. Entitled “Verbum Domini II” God’s Word Goes Out to the Nations: the exhibit brings together over 200 artifacts to tell the history of the Bible across the globe.

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It was a beautifully displayed depiction of the spread of Scripture (both the Old and New Testament) around the world. I loved seeing a replica of the Rosetta stone, fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the old books. But what was lacking, for me, was any sense of what the heart of this message of Scripture is. Only the mission of spreading the Word, whether it be through books or digital media. NO idea of what this message is or how it is to be LIVED. As if one can read a book and “get it”.

I’m glad that the exhibit is not permanent, and will be moving on in June. It was interesting, but misses the mark.

Below is a link to more information about the sponsors of the exhibit. I was horrified to see that it is connected with the Creation Museum in KY that argues against evolution. Perhaps this exhibit breaches a cultural divide between Catholicism and the more fundamental expressions of Christianity,  but do we need to go back to denying that the earth is round? (or do I need an attitude adjustment?)