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The Book That Made Your World

How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization
Narrated by: Peter Lawrence
Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
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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; 
  • and 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2012 Vishal Mangalwadi (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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this is not non fiction

logic is transient here, warped to fit an idea. The ideas are interesting sometimes, but to dismiss evidence because it doesn't fit isn't great

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  • 28-01-2020

One of my favorite books

I was so thankful that this book was finally available in audio form. It is a wonderful book to help understand our times and how they were formed from former times. It is a great companion to the movie: Beyond the Next Mountain about Rochunga Padiate. Vishal recounts his story at the end of the book.
And see Vishal interviewed as part of the movie: Blue Beats Green.

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  • T. Bulkeley
  • 18-07-2019

important pieces to the puzzle of life

A sincere and engaging work. Dr. Mangalwadi's personal story is very touching. I am thankful for the fascinating stories and information in this book, and how the book is taking my mind to places of understanding and hope for our country and our world. It's an attention getting book that our teens, young adults, and college bound will find helpful in understanding the big picture of civilization and in connecting them with their own place in this world. What you'll discover from reading this book (from the back of the book):
-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

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  • antti
  • 15-07-2019

Whitewashing European and Christian history.

There are so much inaccuracies in this text when it comes to Roman and Greek legacy to Christian European culture that this book was at times painful to listen. This topic is way too huge to even to scratch in this review, but this book seemed to not make single mentioning of it. This book ironically tries to attack postmodernism and relativism for their claimed anti-truthfulness, while it commits those sins itself.

Biblical and Christianity are conviniently blurred to suit authors wishes to suit his narrative. Russia has been Christian nation for centuries, but writer conviniently remembers just last 100 years. It seems that most christian pogroms in Roman era were intitiated by other Christian sects, while author puts blame on Romans (whatever that term implies). Using fuzzword 'biblical' author conviniently can spin his take on it without need to dwelve into dirty areas of Christian subcultures, which is where i think the real gold lies hidden.

With that said there are aspect to which i agree as well. Bible has been big thing on forming Western European culture to such difference from socalled East, but if it was only the Bible then why only the socalled West bases on democracy, freedom and individual rights? Here Russia is in the lynchpin position, which author fails to address. perhaps because it brings Roman culture to dominant position and actually could hurt his own claim that it's the Divine Rule of God which made West into the West? These questions this book fails to answer, or rather it doesn't even try to answer them.

Interesting aspect of this book is it's point-of-view to Indian culture but quite honestly i don't dare to believe anything from what author says about it given how he handles historical development of West.