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Christian foundation still trying to give away a free campus

Sep 3rd, 2013 - National News

BOSTON (AP) — It's big, beautiful and free, but a 217-acre former prep school campus in Massachusetts has been hard to give away.

The Green family, which founded and owns the Hobby Lobby craft store chain, bought the Northfield campus in 2009 intending to give it to a new college named after Christian apologist and writer C.S. Lewis.

That venture stalled, and the Greens offered it for free to candidates with traditional Christian beliefs and a commitment to honoring the legacy of the campus's founder, 19th-century evangelist D.L. Moody. That effort collapsed when the recipient unexpectedly backed out.

Its current owner, the National Christian Foundation, broadened the search by considering suitors that aren't exclusively Christian.

The foundation says it has now narrowed its search to five potential recipients. It says the top two or three candidates could be announced within a month and definitely by Christmas.

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