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The Book That Made Your World

The Book That Made Your World
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The Book That Made Your World

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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 civilisation: 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)

"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)

"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).

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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 civilisation: 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)

"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)

"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).

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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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Meet the Author

Vishal Mangalwadi

Vishal Mangalwadi (1949-) (LL.D., William Carey International University, Pasadena, CA) is an international lecturer, social reformer, political columnist, and author of thirteen books. Born and raised in India, he studied philosophy at universities, in Hindu ashrams, and at LAbri Fellowship in Switzerland. In 1976 he turned down several job offers in the West to return to India where he and his wife, Ruth, founded a community to serve the rural poor. Vishal continued his involvement in community development serving at the headquarters of two national political parties, where he worked for the empowerment and liberation of peasants and the lower castes.

His first book, The World of Gurus, was published in 1977 by India's Vikas Publishing House, and serialized in Indias then-largest weekly, Sunday. It was Mangalwadis books, In Search of Self and India: The Grand Experiment, that first brought his works to the attention of the American public. Most recently he has released Truth and Transformation.

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The Future Can Be Bright!
5 stars By Rev. Josh Williamson, Dec 20 2014
For far too long we have been told the lie that Western Civilisation has been bad for the world. In today's age of political correctness, we must accept the fact that Western History must be rejected. Yet, in this book, Dr. Mangalwadi argues that the freedoms, the science, the liberties, etc that we currently have in the West have their genesis in the Bible. If there had been no Bible, there would be no civilisation. 

The West is throwing off Christianity, but by doing so they are throwing off the foundation upon which everything is built. This book will explore the foundation, and show how the future can indeed be bright if we return to Biblical standards. 
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Through Indian Eyes
5 stars By Trevor Faggotter, Feb 04 2012
Vishal Mangalwadi has written a great book.  The title could be misleading. This is not just a 'three cheers for the Bible' kind of book. Nor is it going to simply bolster the views of the hard-line fundamentalist, as the title may suggest. It will however evoke thankfulness and stir one to fresh witness to Christ.

To hear afresh the gospel through the eyes of another culture is often a great blessing. This is such an occasion. 

The author has both the ability to read, research, question and comprehend widely, and to communicate his points with simplicity. He obviously has a well utilised mind, and knows that fortunate and blessed nations like Australia, America and England need to more fully appreciate what they have been given, and how they came to be so well off. 

Certainly our churches need to more fully appreciate what we have in both the gospel, and the Bible. 

I recommend that Australian readers, who have an interest in Christian faith, or an allegiance to Christ Jesus buy a copy - and read it! 
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  • Catalogue Code 365119
  • Product Code 9781595555458
  • ISBN 1595555455
  • EAN 9781595555458
  • Pages 464
  • Department Academic
  • Category Scripture
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Oct 2012
  • Sales Rank #545
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 31 mm
  • Weight 0.498kg

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