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Affluent Investor | April 26, 2017

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AboutVishal Mangalwadi, Author at Affluent Investor

Vishal Mangalwadi

Vishal Mangalwadi

Prof Vishal Mangalwadi directs the Centre for Human Resource Development in a Unversity in North India. He has authored 20 books and lectured in 40 countries. His exposition of Indian philosophy and Western thought and culture In books such as "The World of Gurus", and "The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization" are studied at university level.

Posts By Vishal Mangalwadi

April 24, 2017 |

The Cross: The Power of Love

The Jews hated the Romans. It is natural to hate terrorists who derive their legitimacy from their sword but are not elected by a free people because of their wisdom and record of public service. It takes supernatural strength to … Read More

April 21, 2017 |

The Cross — The Forgotten Power of the Kingdom of God

London’s iconic cathedral is dedicated to St. Paul because he is the spiritual father of Christian Europe. He brought to Europe the seeds of God’s kingdom.

Greek democracies had disintegrated centuries before Paul. He entered Europe through Macedonia — the … Read More

April 20, 2017 |

The Clash of the Cross and the Sword

Since 1950 Saudi Arabia’s widely displayed emblem depicts two naked swords “in saltire” beneath a palm tree. The Saudi Royal Standard includes a third, bigger, sword in its center. The sword symbolizes the Royal House of Saud. Ibn Saud (1876 … Read More

April 17, 2017 |

Religion of Death

It is possible to imagine that in the beginning there was no imagination — no life?

That creed affirms: Death is the Ultimate Reality. Death was there before the beginning. There was no Mycoplasma, no virus, no microbe, no amoeba; no … Read More

March 9, 2017 |

The Bible and the Windmill

In 1976, when Ruth and I moved into a village in one of the most backward districts in Madhya Pradesh, families ground their grain by hand mills.

Why did the West invent wind and water mills, but not India? It … Read More

February 16, 2017 |

Needed: St. Valentine’s Second Coming

Emperor Claudius was afraid of marriage. He wanted young people to indulge in sex freely, but without getting married. That, he knew, was the simplest way to breed slaves. Children who grow up without parents have little option but to … Read More

February 15, 2017 |

Is Postmodern Evangelicalism Pagan?

Since the Upanishadic times the Indian culture has believed that the human reason cannot know truth, nor can the human words convey truth. Therefore, real truth is Silence, not logos (Word). Truth has to be experienced in non-verbal mystical experience. … Read More

January 26, 2017 |

Is English Education Killing India?

Indian English has become an elitist language of discrimination against the masses who cannot afford expensive education. It is a conduit for corrupting young (as … Read More

January 23, 2017 |

A Christian Perspective on the Good and Bad in President Trump’s Inaugural Speech

In his Inaugural address, President Trump was clear and honest in presenting his philosophy of governance. His “Nationalism” is much better than evangelical “People-Groupism,” even though he shied away from using the ‘N’ word and called it ‘Patriotism’.

His … Read More

January 17, 2017 |

The Goddess that Failed France

A young woman, madly in love, believed that male and female are equal. Therefore, husbands and wives should also be equal. Headship of husband is an obsolete and oppressive idea. When couples quarrel, they should be able to sort out … Read More

December 29, 2016 |

The World Has Little Light This Christmas Because…

Isaiah began his Christmas prophecy with the powerful imagery of light:

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. . . For … Read More

December 15, 2016 |

How The Bible Globalized Modernity

In my last lecture in Spain, at the beautiful Cullera beach, I discussed how God has been fulfilling his optimism inspiring promise to fill the … Read More

December 14, 2016 |

Brazil — Another Tower Of BRICS is Tottering

I just completed a week-long lecture series in a Charismatic Church in Brazil. Along with India, Brazil is a member of five nations known as BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South … Read More

December 7, 2016 |

Nude is Natural: Should Clothing be Optional?

Interviewer: In May 2016, in Pune Maharashtra, a girl in a short dress was in a car with two friends. Five men pulled up their car … Read More

November 21, 2016 |

Individualism: A Western Virus or Virtue?

A father asked his daughter to marry the man he chose.

She eloped with the boy she loved and married in a court. 

November 17, 2016 |

Why Billy Graham and I Read Revelation Differently

Revelation 6: 1-2

“. . . when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures … Read More

November 10, 2016 |

Relativism and Corruption in India

Yesterday’s ban on currency notes of Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 is an acknowledgement that corruption and tax-evasion have become unbearable burden.

Recently, someone asked a question on the internet: what is the going rate these days for getting a government job? … Read More

November 9, 2016 |

The Burden of “Popular Sovereignty” and An Unpopular Election

Some Americans, especially conscientious Christians, may have wished that they did not have to bear the burden of choosing their President. Moses also saw governing fallen humans as a burden.

At the end of his life Moses reminded the liberated … Read More

November 7, 2016 |

Thanks to Germany, I Can Read and Write

Should we celebrate the 500th anniversary of German Reformation on October 31, 2017? Wasn’t it a religious revolution that triggered many bloody conflicts?


In his book, From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural … Read More

November 3, 2016 |

Robin Hood and Wycliffe

Today’s superheroes are unreal – individuals that are “enhanced” technologically or with occult powers as imaginary Avatars. Our generation had more believable heroes such as Robin Hood. We loved him because, without a … Read More

October 31, 2016 |

October 31: (Dying) Modern World’s “Happy Birthday”

Our old and ailing “modern” world was born 499 years ago, on October 31, 1517. That is, our (imperfect) world that valued nations over empires, vernacular over classical languages, virtue over wealth, equality over hierarchy, humility over force. It was … Read More

October 5, 2016 |

Philosophical Film Review: The Man Who Knew Infinity

“The Man Who Knew Infinity” (2015) is a film about the clash between Augustinian view of mathematics and its secularized, atheistic corruption that ruled Trinity College, Cambridge, before and during WW1. The conflict becomes interesting because Augustin’s Christian view … Read More

September 26, 2016 |

Astrology Creates a Culture of Slavery

The deer swimming along with our boat had not read the warning

DANGER – No Swimming: Crocodiles here.

Or, maybe he knew from his horoscopes that the two crocodiles we did see, on the same side of the river, … Read More

September 14, 2016 |

Can Jesus Save From Slums— Physical, Social, Sexual, Intellectual, Spiritual?

What if a pastor decided to invite slum kids to bathe in Church garden, because their homes are flooded? Will his Middle-Class church offer soaps and shampoos — perhaps also towels and new clothes? Or, will the church murmur and … Read More

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