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Discover how the Bible became the West's source of human rights, justice, heroism, optimism, compassion, capitalism, family, and morality.
In the 1960s many from the West went to the East in search of spiritual wisdom. The Book That Made Your World will reverse the journey. Vishal Mangalwadi, an Indian philosopher, will take readers on a historical journey through the last millennium, exploring why and how the Bible reformed Europe and made the West a uniquely thinking civilization: technical and tolerant, scientific and free, just and prosperous. Readers will learn:
- Why an American president puts his hand on the Bible to take the oath of a secular office
- What forced British monarchs from Henry VIII to James I to submit to the Bible's authority
- Why Bible translators Wycliffe, Luther, and Tyndale became history's greatest revolutionaries
- How the Bible globalized western education
Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
The condition of a society, good or bad, is the outflow of communal character—of what the usual citizen is prepared to do as if it were obviously right, and is prepared to sacrifice for if necessary. That communal character, in turn, arises out of a system of ideas and beliefs about what is real and what is good. The system of ideas and beliefs that gave rise to and sustained the “Western” world has its unique source in the Bible and in traditions arising out of it. Devotion to truth, to the common good and to the good of every individual, and—within that framework—freedom to live as one chooses, has never in world history had another foundation than the Bible. Look and see. The failure of contemporary education and intelligence is nowhere more manifest than in the appalling ignorance of “leaders” about the true foundation of our ideals and practices of public order and private well-being. With solid, detailed information, clarity of presentation, and logical force, Vishal Mangalwadi enables anyone willing to see how our “Western” world depends entirely upon what the Bible, and it alone, teaches about reality and how to live. We must be aware of that dependence, and of the manifold follies of well-meaning people who, for around two centuries now, have tried to set the Christian outcome upon a secular or non-Christian basis. At this point our institutions are lost. It is time for the prophet. Here we have one.
Founder of Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview
“I have been a great admirer of Vishal Mangalwadi, and his latest work only enhances my admiration. His uniquely Indian perspective on the centrality of the Bible for the development of the West and its emphasis on human dignity makes The Book that Made Your World essential reading for any thinking Christian. And it serves as a stark warning to the Western world that we forget the Bible and the Christian faith only at great peril to our liberty and even our survival.”
Author and Speaker
"This is an extremely significant piece of work with huge global implications. For too long now the West has flirted with a Naturalistic worldview that has jeopardized the most sacred aspects of life and living. If the trend to debunk the Bible continues in halls of learning and in institutions that shape Western culture the cost will be that of self-destruction. Vishal therefore brings a timely message and shows how profoundly and meaningfully the Bible does have the prescription for bringing healing to the nations that have never known human dignity or social, economic, and political freedoms."
Hugh Maclellan Jr.
Executive Chairman, The Maclellan Foundation, Inc.
"The Book That Made Your World reinforces my 8-year-old assessment that Vishal Mangalwadi understands America better than our own leaders do."
Professor of History (Retd) at the University of Notre Dame
"Vishal Mangalwadi recounts history in very broad strokes always using his cross-cultural perspectives for highlighting the many benefits of biblical principles in shaping civilization."
David Lyle Jeffrey, PhD., FRSC
Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities Baylor University, Waco, TX
"This is a highly accessible intellectual history, part spiritual autobiography, part prophetic warning to the declining West. Mangalwadi's perspective is that of a widely-read Christian from the 'Global South.' From it he provides a sober, unflattering assessment of our identity crisis, showing how it results from an under-nourished, severely atrophied world-view, increasingly divorced as we are from the biblical foundation that once gave us both coherence and a self transcending sense of purpose."
Founder of ‘Christian Heritage’, Cambridge, England
"After the seismic shocks of the recent financial crisis (the after effects of which are still unknown) I know no other book I would rather have anyone read. Not since Francis Schaeffer’s ‘How Should we then Live?’ in 1977 have we had so lucid and far-ranging an explanation of what troubles the global community. The author’s scholarship and intellectual penetration are everywhere apparent, yet never at the expense of a simple, straightforward and even disarming narrative. I can’t recommend it too highly."
Professor of Nanomaterials, University of Oxford
"Vishal Mangalwadi touches on many of the ways in which the Bible has so decisively influenced every aspect of Western Civilization, richly illustrated from his own experiences and observations."
HealthTeams International and Mars Hill Foundation, WA
"A small change in direction could have altered the Titanic’s fate. Many are seeing the West headed towards catastrophe, but this highly readable, Eastern overview of our history could reshape our future."
Director, Schuman Centre for European Studies, The Netherlands
"This book is well overdue! If there is one book that has shaped Europe's art, architecture, commerce, education, ethics, family life, freedom, government, healthcare, law, language, literature, music, politics, science, social reform and much more, it is the Bible. Yet Biblical illiteracy is almost universal in Europe today. Ignorance or prejudice has kept the Bible out of school curricula at all levels—with serious consequences. We need Vishal's clear, prophetic, Eastern voice to jolt us back to reality before our rich biblical heritage slips beyond our grasp."
President, Taylor University, Upland, IN
"An intriguing and necessary read. While the subject matter is of immense importance to understanding Western civilization, rarely have I seen this topic addressed with the breadth represented here. Vishal references competing "truth claims" and discusses their inadequacies for providing hope for a world engaged in ever increasing upheaval. I'm persuaded that reading this book will become an important part of the Christian university curriculum."
Senior Fellow, the C. S. Lewis Institute, Washington DC
"Vishal’s book is one of a kind; vast in scope, penetrating in its depth, prophetic in its message, yet easy to read. If we fail to listen and recover the importance of the Bible in personal and public life, then the sun may set on the West. This book is a tract for our times and a must read for anyone concerned with impacting our culture."
Foreword by J. Stanley Mattson, Ph.D. xiii
Prologue: Why This Journey into the Soul of the Modern World? xix
Part I: The Soul of Western Civilization
1. The West Without Its Soul: From Bach to Cobain 3
Part II: A Personal Pilgrimage
2. Service: Or a Ticket to Jail? 27
3. Quest: Can Blind Men Know the Elephant? 38
4. Self: Am I Like Dog or God? 46
Part III: The Seeds of Western Civilization
5. Humanity: What Is the West’s Greatest Discovery? 59
6. Rationality: What Made the West a Thinking Civilization? 77
7. Technology: Why Did Monks Develop It? 92
Part IV: The Millennium’s Revolution
8. Heroism: How Did a Defeated Messiah Conquer Rome? 119
9. Revolution: What Made Translators World Changers? 137
Part V: The Intellectual Revolution
10. Languages: How Was Intellectual Power Democratized? 161
11. Literature: Why Did Pilgrims Build Nations? 178
12. University: Why Educate Your Subjects? 194
13. Science: What Is Its Source? 220
Part VI: What Made the West the Best?
14. Morality: Why Are Some Less Corrupt? 249
15. Family: Why Did America Surge Ahead of Europe? 274
16. Compassion: Why Did Caring Become Medical Commitment? 298
17. True Wealth: How Did Stewardship Become Spirituality? 315
18. Liberty: Why Did Fundamentalism Produce Freedom? 334
Part VII: Globalizing Modernity
19. Mission: Can Stone Age Tribes Help Globalization? 357
20. The Future: Must the Sun Set on the West? 370
Appendix: The Bible: Is It a Fax from Heaven? 390
With Gratitude 426
About the Author 429
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