Manifesto for Ailing Nations. We live in times marked by much confusion and apprehension. In this landmark book, international scholar and author Vishal Mangalwadi offers a radical vision for the gospel's power to heal Western society. With insights drawn from real-life struggles against corruption and years of study, he delves into the ideological roots of social oppression. Reform, he argues, is never without controversy. Yet, reforming a culture's values is a necessary precursor to lasting liberation and hope.
In-depth analysis of worldviews and cultural trends
Specific information on becoming involved in transforming culture
A fresh, non-Western look at Scripture
"A tour de force from someone who sees us from the outside as well as the inside." -- Chuck Colson, founder, PFM
"There is urgency about Vishal's excellent argument... His logic is impeccable and forceful." -- Dallas Willard, author of The Divine Conspiracy
"The current worldwide economic crisis shows what happens when distrust rules nations. Vishal Mangalwadi illuminates the path to restoring trust by embracing truth." -- Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief, WORLD
FROM THE FOREWORD (by Dr. Art Lindsley of the C.S. Lewis Institute)
Many have spoken and written on the crisis of our times-economic, religious, moral and political. Some have said that the culture wars are over and secularism has won. Others have maintained that we have a window of ten to twenty years in which we can still work for spiritual renewal and transformation. If there is still the opportunity for radical (root) change, and I believe there is, we need a way forward, an agenda that will set forth the principles we need to follow-a manifesto for our times.
We have this set before us in Vishal Mangalwadi's Truth and Transformation. Vishal has been dubbed by some as "India's Francis Schaeffer." He studied with Schaeffer in his earlier days and spent extensive time at Cambridge University researching the content of this book. However, Vishal is not merely an academic writing from an ivory tower. Many stories throughout this book demonstrate his extensive work with the poorest of the poor in India. In fact, this book began when Vishal was thrown into jail for (guess what?) serving victims of a hailstorm. Because of his extensive study and work in an Indian context, he can be of great help to us in the West (and throughout the world) as we face formidable cultural challenges.
Why, you might ask, can an Indian philosopher/activist help us? Because, as C.S. Lewis once argued, every culture has its own blind spots, its own outlook. It is good at "seeing certain truths and especially liable to make certain mistakes." As a corrective, Lewis recommended that we read old books. Lewis's rule was to read one old book for every new one. Thus, we can let the "clean sea breeze of the centuries" blow through our minds and get a clearer perspective on our times.
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