Western Culture Has Created Many Good Things — And the Bible Created The Culture


From Bible Gateway, an interview with the author of How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization: An Interview with Vishal Mangalwadi:images - VM young

Vishal Mangalwadi: Although the West has amputated its soul, I call the Bible the soul of Western Civilization because it propelled the development of everything good in the West: its notion of human dignity, human rights, human equality, justice, optimism, heroism, rationality, family, education, universities, technology, science, culture of compassion, great literature, heroism, economic progress, political freedom. Take, for example, democracy.

The myth that modern democracy came from Greece was invented only in the 20th century by John Herman Randall of Columbia College (New York) and Mortimer Adler and Robert Maynard Hutchins of the University of Chicago. The reality is that in his classic, Republic, Plato, the greatest of Greek philosophers, had already condemned democracy as Mobocracy—the worst of all political systems. Plato proposed that the ideal republic should be ruled by philosopher-kings. His disciple, Aristotle, trained Alexander-the-Great to be a philosopher-king, who turned out to be one of the most ruthless conquerors in history. In turn, Alexander inspired India’s first empire builder, Chandragupta Maurya.

Yes, Western Culture has had slavery, evil, mass hysteria, The Spanish Inquisition, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, The Twilight Book and Movie series, and Keanu Reeves’ film career.

But it’s not all bad.

By the way, being proud and inspired by western literature or history does NOT mean I hate brown people, or Asian folks or Muslims.  It means that I value the creation of a culture which has brought medicine, science and democracy to the world, to mention just three contributions.

It’s really nice that Arabs invented Algebra. The Chinese invented gun powder.  Indians (no, the other ones) invented the zero.  Good job.  You probably did a lot of other things.

The culture inspired by the Jewish and Christian Bibles created the west as we know it.  Note the first line in the quote above:

 “Although the West has amputated its soul…”

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