A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance
By Benjamin J. Montoya
About the Author
Vishal Mangalwadi is a social reformer, political columnist, Indian Christian philosopher, writer and lecturer.
The history of the Bible is something that is well-documented in the West and elsewhere. This book, however, tells of part of that history as to how it has impacted India. This part of the story has remained untold until now. Consider this important book from a unique perspective to learn more.
Table of Contents
Revelation: The West’s Taproot
Chapter 1 A Saint, a Bear, and a Book
Chapter 2 A Dream That Changed the West
Chapter 3 Can Freud’s Creator Communicate?
The West: Losing Its Soul
Chapter 4 Losing Soul, Logic, and Language
Chapter 5 Marginalizing the Center: The Church
Chapter 6 Law and Liberty: Did Rome Put the Law Above Caesars?
Chapter 7 Bloodshed for Tolerance
New Kingdom: New Sovereigns
Chapter 8 Why Didn’t the US Become an Empire?
Chapter 9 How Did “We the People” Become Sovereign?
Chapter 10 Chancellors, Presidents, Prime Ministers: Who Redefined Leadership?
Words That Built Nations
Chapter 11 Economy of the People, by the People, for the People
Chapter 12 The Oracles of God and the Literature of Man
Chapter 13 From Prophetic Press to Fake News
Chapter 14 The Secret of Swiss Industrialization
Chapter 15 Can the West Be Renewed?
Revelation: The West’s Taproot
Chapter 1: A Saint, a Bear, and a Book
When you visit a country like Europe, the impact that the Bible has had on history can be seen in many ways. In fact, there are statues that have significant figures holding the Bible. To an outsider, they may wonder what book it is, but make no mistake about it, it is the Bible. Why is that? The Bible is God’s Word. Influential figures throughout history have recognized that. Even when they struggled to understand it, they would come to understand its importance.
One such individual that recognized the importance of God’s Word is a monk by the name of Gallus (c. A.D. 550-646). It is claimed that a bear once charged him and he surprisingly stopped the bear by rebuking it. The bear was so taken aback that it went away. Why did Gallus try something like this? He believed that God’s Word taught that people had authority over creation. Supposedly later the bear returned and became friends with Gallus. Although this may sound silly, the belief that humans have authority over creation is the basis of modern science and technology. Previously people had believed all sorts of things regarding creation—even worshipping it. But the Bible teaches otherwise.
Chapter 2: A Dream That Changed the West
There is a dream that changed the West forever, as shocking as that may sound. The dream is recorded in Acts 9. Jesus meets Paul, then Saul, on the road to Damascus. Jesus confronts Paul about his persecution of Christians and, thus, Jesus himself. Jesus then explains to Paul that he would spread the gospel and suffer for it. It is that dream that has changed the West.[To continue reading this summary, please see below....]
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THIS BOOK CHANGED EVERYTHING: THE BIBLE'S AMAZING IMPACT ON OUR WORLD, by Vishal Mangalwadi