I do not usually watch or listen to Glenn Beck but someone pointed out this video of his radio show. The following is a transcription of what he says about the Dead Sea Scrolls, Constantine, and the Council of Nicaea.
… the Dead Sea Scrolls, you know what they are? … So here’s what happened. When Constantine decided that he was going to cobble uh together an army, he did the um Council of Nicaea, right, Pat? (Pat: Yea.) The Council of Nicaea, and what they did is brought all of the religious figures uhh together, all the Christians and they said, “Ok, let’s put together the Apostles’ Creed, let’s you know, you guys do it.” So they brought all their religious scripture together, that’s when the Bible was first bound and everything else. And then they said, “Anybody who disagrees with this is a heretic and off with their head!” Well, that’s what the Dead Sea Scrolls are. They are those scriptures that people had at the time that and they said, “They are destroying all of this truth.” Whether it’s truth or not is up to the individual, but at that time those people thought that this was something that needed to be preserved and so they rolled up the scrolls and put them in clay pots and they, they put them in the back of caves where no one could find them. They were hiding scripture because everything was being destroyed that disagreed with the Council of Nicaea and Constantine. That’s what those things are.
Beck then goes one to say that our children should be our “clay pots” etc etc. Beck is wrong on practically everything that he says. First of all, the Apostles’ Creed was not the product of the Council of Nicaea; it was the Nicene Creed. Second, the DSS were not from the period of Constantine; they were from centuries earlier. Third, the DSS do not even contain any of the New Testament documents; instead, they contain some of the Old Testament and various other texts, none of which were being considered as worthy of inclusion in the Bible at the Council of Nicaea (because the Council of Nicaea had nothing to do with putting the Bible together; there is not a shred of evidence for this).
I have heard Beck say some crazy stuff before. But this is not crazy; it is just ignorance of basic facts.