This Armenian illuminated manuscript depicts the Nativity of Christ. In the center of the page, the Virgin Mary holds the Christ Child while a ray of blue light shines down on him.
Digital image courtesy of Getty’s Open Content Program

aluable Animals

Poor or rich, old or young, male or female, enslaved or free. Generations have drawn from the Bible that all humans are valuable because they are created in God’s image. Indeed, all humans are seen as ultimately part of the same family, beloved by God.

How did these ideas help combat racist scientific and theological claims of some of the most established voices in America?

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Matthew 10:29–31

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This exhibition explores the Bible’s role in the historical relationship between science and religion. Many today believe that religious faith and the natural sciences are very separate subjects. Indeed, many consider the Bible to be an obstacle to scientific progress. Yet, for centuries, faith and the study of nature were very much entangled. At times, biblical beliefs helped encourage people to study the world. They even influenced the rise of science as we know it today.