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The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

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    For those that like a different perspective

    Although I’m not the religious type I do enjoy reading about philosophy and religious texts because I feel that there is always something to learn from them. Mangalwadi raised in India, brings in an interesting perspective on a text that has impacted nearly everyone on earth, the Bible.

    If you like to see a philosophical approach, yet biased it is a good book to read. What I did like about it was how it tied it to many of the things we know of such as pop culture, science, human rights and justice. Although interesting, there were many points in which I did not fully agree on because I thought that the author was very biased (but it is his book). I also didn’t like how some points (to me) seemed more like criticism of certain aspects of culture, for example pop culture. It isn’t for light reading, and if you’re willing to stick with it you might learn a thing or two as well. Overall this is one I would only recommend to those that like to learn something new or don’t mind a fresh perspective.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Solid Resource

    When I chose this book to review, I had the completely wrong idea about it. I was expecting a simplified "Did you know...?" approach to the impact the Bible has had on modern day civilization. This was definitely the wrong impression. Vishal Mangalwadi's book is more of a mixture of personal anecdotes alongside broad strokes of history that illustrate the contributions of the Bible to the realms of philosophy, technology, education, and politics.

    Reading Mangalwadi's account of the Indian perspective of the Bible was fascinating and illuminating. In writing this book, he is facing head-on a main charge from many secularists today: mainly, that the Bible is a harmful force in society, a force that deconstructs and overturns culture and knowledge. Mangalwadi, through his account of history, illustrates the vital role the Bible has played in developing Western civilization.

    I think this book is a solid resource for Christians who desire to know how the Bible impacted Western civilization. I would not, however, reccomend the book to those who disagree as Mangalwadi's bias is very strong throughout the book. I also disliked how strictly Protestant the book was. I would have enjoyed more on the impact of different traditions as well. Mangalwadi's writing also gets bogged down by lengthy quotes at some points. I read this as an e-book, and sometimes they are more distracting in that format than in print.

    I recieved this book from Booksneeze for review, and gave my honest opinion.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

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    The Book That Made Your World

    "The Book That Made Your World", by Vishal Mangalwadi, is a collection of thoughts and ideas which formed our world as we know it today. How often we take for granted just how our lives are shaped and managed. Mangalwadi, takes the reader on the pathway of just how the Bible influenced the way the Western Civilized world works. "The Book That Made Your World", is actually a history book, that of a history of how the Bible shaped our world.



    In this collection the three different types of judgements are noted.

    (1.) Moral Judgments - This is good; that is evil
    (2.) Aesthetic Judgments - This is beautiful; that is ugly

    and

    (3.) Epistemological Judgments - That is true; this is false

    From these judgments we can start to see just how the Bible became the force that globalized Western civilization.



    Written in a text book way of forming of the ideas and taking the beginnings of civilization, Mangalwadi, expresses just how the Bible influenced how both Western Civilization took hold of the ideals of the Bible and Biblical teachings while the areas of the world such as Islam and Buddists cultures view their beginnings in such a different way.

    At the beginning of Part Three is a quote which identifies with America. "The Bible was one book that literate Americans in the seventeenth eighteenth, and ninetheenth centuries could be expected to know well. Biblical imagery proveded the basic framework for imaginative thought in America up until quite recent times and, unconsciously, its control is still formidable." - Robert N. Bellah

    This previous quote shows just how the West took hold of the Bible and ran with it, so to speak, forming nations filled with Bible believers and people who went to the Bible for the answers to their questions.

    I must say that I did find this book hard to read, but I also found it full of important information that everyone should be ready to explore. Once into this book, you will find all kinds of interesting information. Now we must figure out how to take our heritage and shout it from the rooftops. It will be a path most likely to be hard to follow, but with rewards beyond comprehension.

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