This is a thread to examine the most controversial, polemical, translated, printed, sold, loved and hated book, in the history of mankind. We can examine its origins, content, influence, themes, and significance in the human condition. I'll present a few quotes to start: "For more than a thousand years the BIBLE, collectively taken, has gone hand in hand with civilization, science, law --in short, with the moral and intellectual cultivation of the species, always supporting and often leading the way. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge "The BIBLE has been the Magna Charta of the poor and oppressed. The human race is not in position to dispense with it" ~Thomas Huxley "It is impossible to mentally or socially enslave a BIBLE reading people. The principles of the BIBLE are the groundwork of human freedom" ~Horace Greeley "The existence of the BIBLE, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity" ~Immanuel Kant There is no doubt about the influence of the Bible in American history & culture. But it is also a major factor in the birth of the new nation. Themes of freedom, Law, morality, & interpersonal dealings fill the book, & were a significant influence on the founding of the nation. Without the influence of the reformation, & especially, the written word, the impact of the Bible might have remained in the grip of the religious professionals.. the church. But as literacy grew, so did awareness of the Bible, which was the central point of literacy for many in those times. I submit that the Bible was a major factor in the birth & development of the American experiment. No other book has had the impact for human freedom than these ancient texts.