The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western CivilizationHardback
- Publisher: Nelson Current
- Format: Hardback | 464 pages
- Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 38mm | 635g
- Publication date: 10 May 2011
- Publication City/Country: Texas
- ISBN 10: 1595553223
- ISBN 13: 9781595553225
- Sales rank: 21,181
Understand where we came from. Whether you're an avid student of the Bible or a skeptic of its relevance, The Book That Made Your World will transform your perception of its influence on virtually every facet of Western civilization. Indian philosopher Vishal Mangalwadi reveals the personal motivation that fueled his own study of the Bible and systematically illustrates how its precepts became the framework for societal structure throughout the last millennium. From politics and science, to academia and technology, the Bible's sacred copy became the key that unlocked the Western mind. Through Mangalwadi's wide-ranging and fascinating investigation, you'll discover: * What triggered the West's passion for scientific, medical, and technological advancement * How the biblical notion of human dignity informs the West's social structure and how it intersects with other worldviews * How the Bible created a fertile ground for women to find social and economic empowerment * How the Bible has uniquely equipped the West to cultivate compassion, human rights, prosperity, and strong families * The role of the Bible in the transformation of education * How the modern literary notion of a hero has been shaped by the Bible's archetypal protagonist Journey with Mangalwadi as he examines the origins of a civilization's greatness and the misguided beliefs that threaten to unravel its progress. Learn how the Bible transformed the social, political, and religious institutions that have sustained Western culture for the past millennium, and discover how secular corruption endangers the stability and longevity of Western civilization. Endorsements: "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)
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Vishal Mangalwadi, LLD, was born and raised in India. He studied eastern religion and philosophy in India, Hindu ashrams, and at L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland. He is a dynamic and engaging speaker who has lectured in thirty-five countries. He is a social reformer, political columnist, and author of fourteen books. Christianity Today calls him "India's foremost Christian intellectual."
By Tapio Luoma-aho 08 Jan 2012
The Book That Made Your World is clearly the best book of the dozen or so I have read on this topic. Vishal Mangalwadi's book is not an academic exercise, but an easy-to-read overview of the history of western thought - from an outsiders perspective. A must-read to anyone who really wants to understand the roots of Western civilization, and why it is at stake. This book really made me think!
By Ginny McGinty 16 Nov 2011
"The book that made your world", by Vishal Mangalwadi, describes how the bible and its values have shaped the way we see our world today. It is thoughtful, discussing the more profound values in any culture, for example, what characteristics make a "hero", views on education, views on truth and being, and the use and value of literature. I really liked and learnt from Mangalwadi's long-term view of history, going back to the middles ages and earlier, to really get a broad overview of how today came to be as it is. Mangalwadi also writes from an Indian perspective, giving examples from India's past that underscore his point.
I have to be honest and admit reading this book was a struggle at times. It was very long, with quite complex ideas presented. To me, it had the tone of a very scholarly discussion, more of a textbook that one might refer to when writing a university paper. I felt that if I had a little more knowledge of church history or Indian culture I would have ploughed through it a little easier. I am also really not in a stage of life to be reading scholarly tomes; I need a quick easy read, so this one was just not right for me.
Despite this book not being suited to my preferences, I still give it 4 stars for being a well written and insightful read. I would recommend it to confident and experienced readers who love an intellectual discussion.
The complimentary copy of this book was provided to me by the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze program in exchange for an impartial review.