Your prayers continue to expand the global influence of “The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization.”
And now, BibleGateway.com has uploaded an interview, discussing book! (Go to Amazon.com, to see more then 224 excellent reviews.)
During June, I traveled extensively in Germany and Switzerland planting the seeds of Europe’s return to God’s Word. The first edition of the 600-page German translation sold out. The second edition is now in the market. Several magazines published reviews and interviews and the public television network in Martin Luther’s territory indicated serious interest in a multi-part television series based on the book!
Friends, the Lord is raising up a team. Our immediate need is for $50,000 to negotiate and sign a contract with the television channel. Please continue to pray and donate!
Yours for His kingdom,
The following is a small excerpt from the interview on BibleGateway:
Q. “Why do you call the Bible THE SOUL OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION?”
A. Although the West has amputated its soul, I call the Bible the soul of Western Civilization because it propelled the development of everything good in the West: its notion of human dignity, human rights, human equality, justice, optimism, heroism, rationality, family, education, universities, technology, science, a culture of compassion, great literature, economic progress, political freedom.
Take, for example, democracy. The myth that modern democracy came from Greece was invented only in the 20th century by John Herman Randall of Columbia College (New York) and Mortimer Adler and Robert Maynard Hutchins of the University of Chicago. The reality is that in his classic, “Republic,” Plato, the greatest of Greek philosophers, had already condemned democracy as Mobocracy – the worst of all political systems. Plato proposed that the ideal republic should be ruled by philosopher kings.
His disciple, Aristotle, trained Alexander-the-Great to be a philosopher king, who turned out to be one of the most ruthless conquerors in history. In turn, Alexander inspired India’s first empire builder, Chandragupta Maurya.
Later Alexander inspired Machiavelli’s “The Prince” – which examines how a successful prince acquires and retains power. Machiavelli was the flowering of European Renaissance that produced tyrants such as Napoleon. The biblical Reformation led to the birth of modern democracy. Without the Bible, Western democracy will become obnoxious as did the Greek democracies.
To give another example, the West’s confidence in human reason came not from Greece, but from the Bible, via Augustine. Hinduism, Buddhism and their products such as Greek gnosticism knew that unaided intellect cannot know truth. The Enlightenment corrupted Western culture’s confidence in reason by (over time) separating it from revelation. After Nietzsche and Freud, everyone knows that there is no reason to trust Human Reason, unless it is made in the image of Logos and strives to conform to it.
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