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"Very few thinkers in the world today understand as clearly as Vishal Mangalwadi does the impact of the Bible on Western civilization. He brings a unique perspective. Born and educated in India, he sees the West as others see us, which breaks the myopic view that so many politically sensitive Westerners have today. This is refreshing, invigorating, and very valuable reading. A tour de force from someone who sees us from the outside as well as the inside." --Chuck Colson, Founder, Prison Fellowship Ministries

"There is urgency about Vishal's excellent argument. He is right on with respect to the moral and spiritual dynamics of Western civilization. As an outsider, he is in a strong position to address Western minds because of his knowledge of history and facts, and because of the level of concreteness with which he lays out his case. His logic is impeccable and forceful. Of course, our sophisticates will be dismissive of him, but multitudes of 'ordinary people' will see the point and perhaps will do something about it." --Dallas Willard, Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California; author of The Divine Conspiracy

"The current worldwide economic crisis shows what happens when distrust rules nations. Vishal Mangalwadi illuminates the path to restoring trust by embracing truth." --Marvin Olasky, Editor-in-chief, WORLD magazine; Provost, The King's College, New York City

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We live in times marked by much confusion and apprehension. In this landmark book, international scholar Vishal Mangalwadi expounds the gospel's power to heal Western society. With insights drawn from real-life struggles against corruption and years of study, he delves into the ideological roots of oppression. Reform, he argues, is never without controversy. Yet reforming a culture's values is a necessary precursor to liberation and hope.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: YWAM Publishing (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576585123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576585122
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Daniel L. Marler on June 17, 2009
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Interesting and profound. But also, insightful and troubling.

This book is insightful in diagnosing what has strongly contributed to Western Civilization's unparalleled achievement, development, prosperity and success. (Yes, I'm using the word "success" even though I know it is a loaded word.)

Mangalwadi points to the historical influence of biblically-centered moral values; the biblically-directed pursuit of rationality; the biblically-centered institution of marriage and sexual mores; and other foundations of Western culture. His argument for the positive results of this biblical influence is powerful and persuasive.

One of the interesting distinctions that Dr. Mangalwadi makes is the difference between the Church's influence on Western culture and the Bible's influence on Western culture. He tends to look more favorably on the Bible's influence. I realize that many people would assume that there would be no difference between the two, but the author believes that there is. If you disagree, I'll let you argue that with him. I'm just pointing it out here because I found it to be interesting.

On the other hand, the book is troubling because over and over again Mangalwadi asks some variation of this question: Why is the West abandoning the biblically-oriented cultural morals and values that have been so central to its success?

Part of what gives the book an extra edge is that the author brings such a unique viewpoint to his observations. Dr. Mangalwadi is a Christian intellectual (some folks aren't even accustomed to seeing those two words together) who was born and raised in India and educated in philosophy at secular Western universities. So, he observes and analyzes the West with something of an "outsider's" perspective.

I believe many Christians who read this book will be motivated to pray for spiritual revival and a fresh commitment to the pursuit of truth--God's truth.

Dan Marler
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Matthew Parris is quoted as saying, "As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God. Missionaries, not aid money, are the solution to Africa's biggest problem-the crushing passivity of the people's mindset...A whole belief system must... be supplanted by another." He recognizes, as does the author, that worldviews do matter. If you believe the River Ganges is a god, you will treat it much differently than people who believe the rivers are to be used to benefit humans and will harness its powers for productive uses. A society that believes marriage is a life long commitment will treat women differently than a society that believes marriage is for the convenience and benefit of the male only and that, if not satisfactory for him, can just opt out or find pleasure outside marriage or with an additional wife. While not painting Western culture with a rose-colored brush, these and many other worldviews based on the Bible are what have distinguished America from Eastern cultures, particularly India, the authors homeland. The author is warning the West that the Biblical values that were the foundation of so many of the great achievements are now being abandoned in favor of Eastern-based values which have already proven to be bankrupt. It would be easy to see this as a conservative, political call to 'reclaim America for Christ'. It is not that at all.Read more ›
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Vishal Mangalwadi has some excellent insights on the positive impact that the Biblical worldview has had on the West and provides clear contrasts of cultures with non-Biblical worldviews through his experiences in India. Through stories and examples he shows how sin, and the departure from a Biblical worldview introduces hardship, inefficiency, and pain into a culture. At times I think he gets too wordy over-developing his ideas. The book could be much shorter without sacrificing the essence of his point. But, the principles he presents and the logic he uses to develop they are excellent.
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this book is about how Christianity has influenced Western development and human rights through the principles found in the Bible. It also shows how Western nations are coming apart at the seams as a result of leaving this moral orientation behind. the author contrasts his own country (India) and its cultural characteristics with that of Western nations that were profoundly influenced by the Protestant reformation and the wide distribution of the scriptures, and significant spiritual awakenings through Jonathon Edwards and John Wesley. It is an excellent diagnosis of what made America a unique demoncratic country that values human life and freedoms of speech and the press, and what happens when foundational truths that made this country great are spurned.
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I met Dr. Mangalwadi's daughter on a flight recently and after a short discussion of the current economic turmoil she recommended I read his book then she said "It was not by chance that we sat next to each other on this flight." She was right, for the book has had a profound impact on my worldview. I trust that Dr. Mangalwadi's thoughts will also cause you to re-think your current perspective on the world's current situation and change your whole world-view. It seems somewhat ironic that a person from India can capture what's going on in western civilization much better than anyone from the western civilization. That's possibly because we cannot see the forest from the trees so we need someone outside the forest to tell us: "You're standing in the forest!" You may find that you don't agree with all his thoughts on every issue. Nor did I. But the book is sure to provoke your thoughts on the direction of the western civilization regardless of your current perspective. Actually, Dr. Mangalwadi is so passionate about this topic that I found it even more interesting for me to listen to him discuss these topics on audio media rather than for me to read the book myself, so I also highly recommend you purchase his audio media version of "Must the Sun Set on the West" on this same topic. However, don't forget he is from India so his English is somewhat hard to understand, but well worth the effort! Enjoy!
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