Vishal Mangalwadi, an Indian philosopher, takes his readers on a discovery tour. He explores why the Bible, and not the Qur’an, nor Buddah, Hindu practices or other religions reformed Europe and built western society. The Book that Made Your World How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization is a rich collection of insights, from Kurt Cobain‘s nihilism (Nirvana) en ‘logic’ choice of death to the real impact of Jesus Christ’s offer for us. Mangalwadi teaches how the lives of men like Martin Luther, William Tyndale, bishop Tunstall, John Wesley, John Wycliffe, William Carey, the Hugenots in South-Africa and Shakespeare, just to mention a few of all people passing by in this book, impacted the course of history. The Bible is the basis for linguistics, nation building. Christianity has had a huge impact on eduction of people around the globe, civilizing, bringing human rights, justice, heroism, optimism, compassion, capitalism, family, and morality. It gave power to the people, brought health care, freedom from slavery. Reading The Book… gives you once and again a backstage view at history’s scenes, values the Bible and reassure Christianity is not a dead religion, but a life and society changing force, powered by Faith, Hope and Love, given by God, the Word, Truth & Life. As former American president Eisenhower said in 1956: “The Bible is endorsed by the ages. Our civilization is built upon its word.” The author shares personal encounters with local Indian people, struggles with opponents and victories through faith and endurance. He finishes with thoughts on (Godly) inspiration of words, the authority of the Bible and reasons behind its canonization. I’m thankful for this great study from an Indian who teaches me, a native western man, the impact of the Bible.
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