• The Book That Made Your World

  • How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization
  • By: Vishal Mangalwadi
  • Narrated by: Peter Lawrence
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (267 ratings)

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The Book That Made Your World

By: Vishal Mangalwadi
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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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  • 11-03-20

loved this look on the Western World

He may be from India, but Vishal may have the opportunity to see the west in a way we never could because we have lived in it.
This very fresh take on how Bible affects and effects our daily life is fantastic.
Gave me a whole lot to think about and a whole lot to read so I can understand more.
EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!!

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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.

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  • 04-28-20

Excellent!

This beautifully narrated book is a wonderful and inspiring study of how the Bible transformed and continues to transform civilizations and individuals. This is a must-read for any serious student of the Bible. To the doubter or cynic, dare yourself to read it if you are ready to see a transformation unfold in your own life.

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Great Book, terrible recording

The content was great, but it was almost unintelligible because the audio continually skips. Something is wrong with this recording.

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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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A must read book for the believer and the wonderer

To me, the Bible is the most important book ever written. I have maintained that belief even during my prodigal years. This book lays out the reasoning so sound, and you will not be able to escape it. Therefore, I challenge any non-believer to read this book. The Bible's influence is irrefutable.

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wonderful!

I greatly appreciated the Indian view of how the Bible has shaped the western world. having examples of the Bible's influence on a nation that was fully Asian in it's multiple religious traditions to the betterment of each of those religions, and humanism as well was great and amazing.

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Great book

Amazing! Anyone curious about the Bible should read this one. It is well strutured and beautifully written.

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Something ALL of us should read.

This book covers more information about the influence of Jesus and the Bible on the Eastern Worldview than anything I have ever read. Christians in America need to stop apologizing for their faith in the Bible. Take a listen, it us worth your time.

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Enlightening

First of all, I’m a Christian therefore my review might be bias.

This is a very good book that brings light to several foundations of the west civilization and its links to the Bible. The book, even stretching some connections in a few parts, proves how the Bible and its followers shaped the way the west organizes and values itself. A good history and religious book.

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  • Mir
  • 01-16-21

Reads history like like the devil reads the Bible.

There is a classic Swedish proverb that reads something akin to "like the devil reads the bible", and after forcing me through this long series of pure lies, half-truths and facts completely taken out of context, I can do nothing but state that Vishal Mangalwadi reads history, and most other things for that matter, like the devil reads the Bible.

But let me start with what the book sets out to do. Mangalwadi's stated goal is to prove that the Bible is the book that shaped the world we live in today. And that this influence is nothing but good. The first thesis is not very difficult to defend, even if such a project requires a knowledge of both religious history, economic history and culture and the history of ides, something the author obviously lacks, but even with that knowledge and even if one wants to give the author his point the title is somewhat hyperbolic "the book that made your world". The second thesis can also be defended, but then requires that one takes into account that Christianity is accused of a lot of crimes throughout history, crimes that many attribute to the Bible.

To make either of these two theses credible, it is necessary for the author to make an honest effort to respond to just such criticism, and not just straw men from fox news' apocalyptic fantasies. What a serious writer would have done was to take the best arguments against his position, and then take the best versions of those arguments to counter them. But no. I guess that would require some actual work, and we can't have any of that can we?

Through extremely selective reading of history, the author "argues" that the reason why Western values have been more successful than other countries is that they have taken the Bible seriously. An argument many serious historians make, and which is defensible. What is not defensible is to dismiss colonialism as a possible explanatory model, or just take the good from tradition and claim that the bad, such as genocide, crusades, inquisitions, etc. are not the part of that story but only regrettable mistakes that you do not include. You can not eat the cake and still have it!

Furthermore, in a book that will explain how the Bible changed values, might there have been a point in discussing the origin of the Bible? Its history? No… this is where Mangalwadi's extremely shallow form of Protestantism emerges. The Bible is revealed from God, it´s earthly history is insignificant, we do not need any context to explain or understand it.

All of this is laughable enough, but when he tries to explain religious freedom and women's equal rights with the influence of the Bible, it just becomes embarrassing and historyless again, there is a case for this arguments. For example, it can be argued that the Christian view of the individual and person's inherent holiness and dignity naturally led to these successes,, but then one must also explain why an almost united Christianity fought against these advances to the last drop of blood.. And to take a few Bible quotes out of context and show that there are a few Christians who were on the "right side" does not count.

Overall, the only arguments found in the book are deliberate misreadings, lies, and obfuscations; you can not take the fact that Paul used the word individual and load it with our contemporary definition of the word. It just does not work that way. That this book is under all criticism is sad, because the subject deserves so much better. For those who want to understand how the Bible as text shaped us, I can instead recommend "the lost art of scripture" by Karen Armstrong. And for those who want an intelligent defense of the Christian tradition's influence on values, there is "how the catholic church built western civilization" by Thomas Woods, none of them are unproblematic, but they make honest and well-read attempts to do the same thing as this obvious charlatan.

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  • Mark Fitzmaurice
  • 11-19-22

Everyone who thinks he knows should read this

A beautifully structured explanation of why the world is the way it is. Coming from an Indian background the author sees what the natives cannot. Thank you.

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  • Kirsten Anstey
  • 02-24-22

The power of faith

Great historic view of the change that a Christian world view has on world history

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  • 01-08-20

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