President George W. Bush spoke last night about the importance of the Bible and the role of faith during his time in the White House at an intimate gathering of 200 business and civic leaders in Dallas. The event at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum was held on behalf of the Museum of the Bible, a museum that will be just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Construction on the eight-story, 430,000-square-foot museum is set to begin this fall with a targeted opening date of 2017.
Mr. Bush shared his thoughts with Museum of the Bible Board Chairman and Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, who discussed a variety of topics with the former president, from the Bible’s impact on his life and presidency to his goals in building his presidential library and museum.
“I read the Bible every day during my presidency,” President Bush told the gathering. When asked about the role of faith during times of crisis in his presidency, Mr. Bush stated, “The easiest time to be faithful is during a time of crisis. The hardest time for faith is when all is well. Faith informed my principles and decisions, but not my tactics. It would give me strength, but I didn’t use my faith to make decisions. Freedom is a faith informed principle.”
Mr. Bush also spoke about the importance of the anticipated Museum of the Bible. “The museum is a great idea. It’s very important that the Museum of the Bible invites and makes people of all faiths feel comfortable. It will be an important part of our capital,” the former president said.
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