Holmes was the subject of an April 2008 lecture sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center. The program can now be viewed as a webcast on the Library’s Web site. The Library’s webcast page divides presentations into several categories, including religion, so there is sure to be something for everyone.
Religion plays a central theme in the collections of the Library. In the Great Hall are two monumental Bibles: the Giant Bible of Mainz, signifying the end of the hand-written book, and the Gutenberg Bible, marking the beginning of the printed book. An online exhibition explores the significance of the two Bibles and the relationship between the Mainz Bible, the Gutenberg Bible and 16 selected Bibles from the Library’s collections.
“Illuminating the Word: The St. John’s Bible” is another exhibition that extols the craft of hand-designing and printing a Bible. The Bible in question combines the practices of calligraphy and illumination with the latest capabilities of computer technology and electronic communication.
Religion has not only influenced art and culture but has also provided the foundation for nations, including America. The Library exhibition, “Religion and the Founding of the American Republic,” demonstrates the religious fervor of the American colonists of 1776 and how their zeal affected the new nation’s politics.