The late Chuck Colson called Vishal Mangalwadi, “One of the greatest Christian worldview thinkers of our time.” Now, Mangalwadi, an Indian-born intellectual, social reformer, and author of 13 books, has released a series of lectures on DVD called Must the Sun Set on the West?
These lectures, recorded at the University of Minnesota, fill a vital need for anyone who wants to understand the root cause of the West's decline and what must be done to reverse it. With charm and passion, Dr. Mangalwadi argues that the Bible is the soul of Western Civilization and its rejection and replacement by the secular narrative has led to a gradual but ever-intensifying decline. But far from being a prophet of doom, Mangalwadi gives hope for Western renewal based on a return to biblical values.
6. From the Scottish Reformation to the Iraqi War: Does Washington Know the West's Recipe for Freedom?
In this lecture Vishal Mangalwadi argues that the American attempt to liberate Iraq became a quagmire, at least for a while, because the Sunnis have good reason to fear a Shi'ite majority. The tyranny of the majority can be infinitely worse than the tyranny of a despot.
7. From the Great Awakening to a 'New Age': Beyond Good and Evil
In this lecture, Dr. Mangalwadi explains how morality was written into the DNA of the West. He reminds us that in the early 18th century, the West was as corrupt as most nations are today. It was transformed by spiritual revivals that resulted from the preaching of the gospel by men such as Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, and John Wesley.
8. From Paul to Paris Hilton: Can a Defeated Messiah Save Hollywood Heroes?
Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi points out that the heroism that built the West consisted of an inner spiritual substance. 20th-century thinking has secularized charisma into a superficial, external makeup.
9. From Tolerance to Terrorism: Why Do Taxpayers Pay Advocates to Defend Law Breakers?
This lecture was delivered days after a jury found a 23-year-old British woman, Samina Malik, guilty of possessing terrorist literature. The lecture traces the history of tolerance from 17th-century philosopher John Locke, who defended freedom of belief and expression, to Ms. Malik, who was convicted for her faith in radical Islam, and for expressing her religious ideas in poetry.
10. From Darkness to the Light: Must the Sun Set on the West?
Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi asserts that the sun need not set: a revival is possible. He describes how he discovered the light. His secular education had left him with nothing but skepticism and nihilism. Its worst aspect was that the university taught him absolutely nothing about the light that liberated and modernized his motherland India.
Bonus Lecture - From Monasteries to the Twin Towers: The Crumbling Spirituality of Capitalism
Most people assume that business and management are secular activities, but on the basis of his firsthand experience, Dr. Mangalwadi explains how religion prevented his native India from developing industrial capitalism and professional management.
Vishal Mangalwadi is an international lecturer, social reformer, cultural and political columnist, and author of thirteen books. Born and raised in India, he studied philosophy at universities, in Hindu ashrams, and at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland. In 1976 he turned down several job offers in the West to return to India where he and his wife, Ruth, founded a community to serve the rural poor.
In demand worldwide, Vishal is a dynamic and engaging speaker who has lectured in 34 countries. He enjoys simplifying complex ideas and inspiring despairing hearts with hope.
More information at www.VishalMangalwadi.com.
Lectures 1-5 are available on #501470V1
Vishal Mangalwadi, a native of India, is one of the greatest Christian worldview thinkers of our day… His uniquely Indian perspective on the centrality of the Bible for the development of the West and its emphasis on human dignity makes (his work) essential for any thinking Christian. And it serves as a stark warning to the Western world that we forget the Bible and the Christian faith only at great peril to our liberty and even our survival.
Chuck Colson Author and founder of Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview
With solid, detailed information, clarity of presentation, and logical force, Vishal Mangalwadi enables anyone willing to see how our “Western” world depends entirely upon what the Bible, and it alone, teaches about reality and how to live…. At this point our institutions are lost. It is time for the prophet. Here we have one.
Dallas Willard Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
This is an extremely significant piece of work with huge global implications. For too long now the West has flirted with a Naturalistic worldview that has jeopardized the most sacred aspects of life and living…Vishal therefore brings a timely message and shows how profoundly and meaningfully the Bible does have the prescription for bringing healing to the nations that have never known human dignity or social, economic, and political freedoms.
Ravi Zacharias, Author and Speaker
The answer to the titular apocalyptic question is "no," at least according to Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi in this series of 10 lectures delivered at the University of Minnesota. Of course, there's an "if": the Indian-born Mangalwadi argues that the West can survive and prosper provided it returns to foundational principles it has tossed aside. Westerners must embrace the reverence for human dignity that has been replaced by nihilism, regain the confidence in reason and science that has given way to mysticism and obscurantism (often of Eastern origin), and—most important—recover the religious underpinnings that once grounded Western beliefs and practices. Mangalwadi, a decidedly conservative Christian convert, casts these and similar nostrums in the form of questionable contrasts between past greatness and contemporary embarrassment (Bach/Kurt Cobain, Da Vinci/Dan Brown, Martin Luther/Hugh Hefner, the Apostle Paul/Paris Hilton), while also identifying the usual suspects in the intellectual degeneration that could doom the West—Darwin, Freud, Nietsche, and Marx. But while Mangalwadi is a very personable lecturer, his historical evidence tends to selectively arrange facts to buttress his preordained conclusions. DVD extras include a bonus lecture. While likely to appeal to those who already agree with Mangalwadi, this is unlikely to persuade others. Optional.
You know how at times you sit back and see how God has brought along the right person at the right time to meet a compelling need? That’s what happened to us at Hollywood Pres. This teaching blew us away and set us alive with the truth of the gospel with such dignity and respect for those outside Orthodox Christianity that you could invite anyone – a neighbor or an atheist and not fear they would be offended. Vishal was such a gift! Susan Rigby Director of Spiritual Formation First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood Hollywood, CA
Just as they did when Vishal first presented this material on the campus of the University of Minnesota, these videos are certain to arouse, challenge, and provoke anyone who cares about the future of Western civilization. Dr. Robert Osburn Executive Director, Wilberforce Academy
Twelve to fifteen adults came together weekly to watch Vishal's penetrating lectures on the biblical origins of the West's truly unique civilization. Because these lectures are so rich in content, thoughtful discussion followed each one. But a startling message came through them all loud and clear: We must test the beliefs/mores of Western culture, seriously repent, and return to our biblical roots, or the sun will surely set on the West. Donald J. Oswald PHd Professor of Economics, California State University