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The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 10, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595553223
  • ASIN: B00C2IIZ7S
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

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About the Author

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."

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The book is well written, very readable and highly informative.
Rudy Neufeld
This is an excellent book showing how the Bible and Christian world view has positively impacted more than just Western culture.
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Read "The Book That Made Your World" for yourself and make up your own mind.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The broad-brush thesis of this book is this: without the Judeo-Christian worldview, there would be no Western civilisation as we know it. The Hebrew Old Testament and Greek New Testament have contributed more to the development of the West than any other single factor.

In over 400 information-rich pages the Indian-born scholar documents how the Bible directly and profoundly contributed to the rise of the West. And not only has the West benefited immeasurably - so too has the rest of the world. Indeed, he argues that the "Bible was the force that created modern India" as well.

Of course this thesis is not new. One thinks of the recent works by Rodney Stark, Jonathan Hill, or Alvin Schmidt. Also recall the two volumes by D. James Kennedy: What if Jesus Had Never Been Born? (1994) and What if the Bible Had Never Been Written? (1998).

But here we have a masterful presentation of the data in a finely written and cogently argued volume. As Mangalwadi reminds us, the Bible first of all transforms individual human beings, who in turn transform entire nations. In every area of life we see this remarkable record of personal and social transformation.

In whatever area we examine, we see the hand of Scripture all over it. Be it science, or health care, or literature, or learning, or liberty, the biblical worldview touched and transformed entire societies. Mangalwadi very capably discusses the big picture as well as the many individual cases.

Consider the area of technology for example. A quote from Marburg historian Ernst Benz sets the stage: "Christian beliefs provided the rationale, and faith the motive energy for western technology." Says Mangalwadi, "Benz had studied and experienced Buddhism in Japan.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Peter Ingemi VINE VOICE on July 11, 2011
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THE BOOK THAT MADE YOUR WORLD is an intellectual Tour De Force arguing and illustrating the influence of the Bible on Western Civilization and its positive role in creating much of the good that many in the west take for granted, from the freedoms of women to simple respect for life.

He takes an interesting path to his thesis; starting with Kurt Cobain vs Bach and going on from there. His individual chapters take specific aspects of Western Culture from Humanity, Heroism, Science, Morality, Self and Technology and reflect how the biblical view not only shaped these and other aspects in a positive direction in the western world, but how the lack of the Bible and the biblical worldview caused other cultures to fall behind both in terms of technology and in what the west would consider respect for basic humanity.

Those who read the volume will be surprised at how little the Bible itself is quoted, instead it tells of cultures, nations and individuals driven by its message and how that makes all the difference.

Some of his arguments are stronger to advance, the points concerning corruption in office, the university system and technology are pretty easy gimmes. Most interesting is the semi random inclusion of individual stories from his own life and observations from India, including the violence he and his families and friends suffered due to his faith and actions.

He is unwilling to sugar coat the difference between the liberal laws of India on the books, a gift provided and influenced by British Common Law shaped by the Bible vs the practice (or rather non-practice ) of those same laws by those officials of different cultural background non longer overseen by a colonial power. Yet he managed to convey this wile condemning colonialism as an evil.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Jason Vaughn on April 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"The Book That Made Your World: How The Bible Created The Soul Of Western Civilization" by Vishal Mangalwadi from Thomas Nelson Publishing looks quite intimidated at over four hundred pages, but it covers a great deal of information.

The author, as you might tell from the name, was born and raised in India and brings an interesting perspective on Christianity and Western Civilization. He studied in secular university and Hindu ashrams and worked with the poor of India.

In this book the author takes the reader on a myriad of journeys covering subjects from music to family. The author guides the reader through historical narrative with his own personal story intertwined discussing how the Scriptures shaped the minds of America and other western countries.

Mandalwadi makes the argument that no one can ever truly know western culture without reading and understanding the Bible, even if they happen to disagree with what it says.

One of the more exciting chapters is his chapter entitled "Revolution: What Made Translators World Changers?" where he writes about the great trial in bringing the Bible into the language of the people with leaders such as Tyndale and Wycliffe. These are mean who may have been most influential of shaping culture by bringing Scriptures to the people.

This book is a wonderful reminder of just how awesome and powerful the Word of God is to people. It is truly amazing how many facets of our lives are touched by the teachings of the Bible. I would strongly encourage anyone who has a love of the Bible, culture, or history to pick up this book.
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