Publisher description for The book that made your world : how the Bible created the soul of Western civilization / Vishal Mangalwadi.
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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 reverses the journey. Vishal Mangalwadi, an Indian philosopher, takes 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
"This is an extremely significant piece of work with huge global implications. Vishal brings a timely message." (Ravi Zacharias, author, Walking from East to West and Beyond Opinion)
"In polite society, the mere mention of the Bible often introduces a certain measure of anxiety. A serious discussion on the Bible can bring outright contempt. Therefore, it is most refreshing to encounter this engaging and informed assessment of the Bible's profound impact on the modern world. Where Bloom laments the closing of the American mind, Mangalwadi brings a refreshing optimism." (Stanley Mattson, founder and president, C. S. Lewis Foundation)
"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." (George Marsden, professor, University of Notre Dame; author, Fundamentalism and American Culture)
"The Indian perspective is a breath of fascinating fresh air for American readers. I wish and pray that it finds readers willing to have their minds shaken and their hearts, yes, their hearts, stirred as well." (James W. Sire, author, The Universe Next Door and Habits of the Mind)
"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. We need Vishal's clear, prophetic, Eastern voice to jolt us back to reality before our rich biblical heritage slips beyond our grasp." (Jeff Fountain, director, Schuman Centre for European Studies, the Netherlands)
"Vishal's book is one of a kind-vast in scope, penetrating in its depth, and prophetic in its message. 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." (Art Lindsley, author, C. S. Lewis's Case for Christ)
"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." (Dallas Willard, author, The Divine Conspiracy and The Great Omission)
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Bible -- Influence -- Western civilization.
Bible -- Influence -- Modern civilization.
Christianity and culture -- India.