What the position of the Bible in a Dollar Store says about the culture

While out and about I happened across this sight:


Do you see the Bibles?

Here are a few observations and thoughts about this particular sight:

  1. Given that a Dollar Store is essentially a clearance location for items that were overstocked or unsold at other places—what does this say about the Bibles in the store—and does it say the same thing about the Bible in the culture, generally?

  2. Given the ransacked nature of the shelves and the continued presence of large numbers of Bibles, is there a further comment?

  3. In some cultures, the location of a book on a shelf (e.g. higher vs lower shelf) also says something about the value of the book or the respect paid to it. Do you think any of that is present in this situation? (I am reminded that in most retail business, shelf positioning is hard-fought-over and not chosen at random—is that true of a Dollar Store?)

  4. Is there a dichotomy between Bibles sold in a Dollar Store, Bibles sold in a Christian bookstore, or Bibles given away (e.g. Gideon Bibles, Bible Societies, etc?).

  5. What impact does “Gospel saturation” have on a lot of this—America is more than 60% Christian (in the broadest sense)? When Bibles are sold in less Christian cultures, how is the context of their sale and presentation different?

  6. Is it fair or accurate to draw any conclusions from this sight about the culture in general? Parts of the culture?

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