World’s Largest Christian Wax Museum Uses Elvis, Elizabeth Taylor and Prince Charles to Spread the Gospel
I have a small number of blog posts to share from other blogs that analyze Josh Duggar’s affair and use of online porn (and how Christian beliefs in gender complementarianism (sexism) feeds into all that or can cause it), but I think I’m too tired tonight to share those – maybe tomorrow or in the next couple of weeks sometime.
- The BibleWalk wax museum has been attracting a lot of attention lately — and not because of its detailed mannequins that depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments, but because several of the mannequins are repurposed from celebrity statues.
- Prince Charles, Elvis and Elizabeth Taylor are a just few famous faces out of over 300 figures, and the staff is continuing to add to the collection.
- BibleWalk was started 28 years ago by the Rev. Richard Diamond and his wife, Alwilda, and because it is completely staffed by volunteers from their church, Diamond Hill Cathedral, they have to obtain the mannequins from other sites across the country in order to illustrate biblical stories.
- Often that means using the likenesses of Prince Phillip for an angel or Elvis to represent Samson.
- “We try to do them up a bit different sometimes [so they won’t be recognized],” museum employee Moriah Daugherty told The Telegraph. “For the most part people are here to hear the Bible stories, so we do have people recognize them sometimes, but people really do just recognize the word of God and are so in tune to the story that’s going on as they’re walking through the museum that it’s really not too much of a distraction.”