AboutVishal Mangalwadi, Author at Affluent Christian Investor
Optimism And Pessimism In Western Culture
On the page “Parallel Millennium” (started and managed by Dr Gottfried Sommer) Joseph Foreman posted a note that Communists and New Agers were as optimistic/utopian as Post-Millennial Christianity that built modern America (and modern India through pioneer missionaries … Read More
Calvin And Commerce, Coronavirus And China
What is God saying through the Pandemic?
At the dawn of the modern world, for two centuries, Calvinism and Commerce flourished together in the Netherlands. To be precise: From 1581, when the Reformation founded the Dutch … Read More
How the Bible Gave the West (and Will Give the East) Human Dignity
“All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” (1 Peter 1: … Read More
Does God Want Britain To Be A Great Nation?
In 1988, Late Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s the then Prime Minister, hinted at what would happen to Post-Truth Britain. Pointing to the secret of Britain’s earlier greatness, she said:
Why Christmas Won Over Greek Philosophy
Christmas = “The Word (Logos) became flesh” (John 1: 14)
Logos (translated as “Word”) is a Greek idea first articulated by Heraclitus (535 – 475 … Read More
The Dream That Changed Europe
Ancient Greeks celebrated their gods and goddesses in epics and arts. They worshiped them in temples, festivals, and democratic assemblies. Stories of the Olympian gods shaped the Greek culture. The prominent ones were Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Ares, … Read More
The Church in a Culture of Corruption
I am asking Christians to rebuild the church-brand as ‘A Religious Community with Zero Tolerance for Corruption’.
Earlier in December I was in Ukraine. My host mission bought a property … Read More
Did India Vote Against Sanity in the Middle-East?
Last week, India voted against President Trump’s decision to recognize the fact — Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. In doing so, India missed an opportunity to share with the UN the tragic lessons the sub-continent … Read More
Virgin Birth: Induced, Natural, and Supernatural
The world’s most famous sheep, Dolly, was born on July 5th, 1996. She had no father but three mothers. One provided the egg, another the DNA, and the third the womb. Her virgin birth was induced by Doctors Keith … Read More
The Bible, Reformation, and Swiss Industrialization
The Alps are amazing. But they would have kept Switzerland as a landlocked island of backwardness in an industrialised Europe. In the early nineteenth century, it took weeks for a healthy trader … Read More
A Breakthrough With the Economists: The Impact of Teaching God’s Word
A month ago, in the beautiful and historic village of Kaub on the scenic Rhine, I spoke to 60 economists on the Economic Consequences of the Reformation. One professor summed up the response of many:
“I spent 10 years studying … Read More
Trump — Did He Kill the UN’s Two State Solution?
President Trump has formally recognised a plain fact that everyone already knew —Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.
Many times Israel has lost its “eternal” capital. Rebellion against her holy God will justify Israel losing Jerusalem again. For no one has warned … Read More
France’s Burning Protestants, Ended Up Immolating the Nation
How did Jesus and his disciples turn the world upside down? They took up their cross. Confronting Satan’s brutal kingdom of deception calls for a careful study of Truth. That is why Europe’s … Read More
How Calvin’s Academy Educated Europe and Rescued the Poor
John Calvin knew that saving faith rests on knowledge — not ignorance (John 17:3). Truth liberates, not just grace (John 8: 32).
Therefore in 1558, along with Theodore Beza, … Read More
500 Years Since the Protestant Reformation: New Heart, New Spirit, or New System?
The world observed two great anniversaries in 2017: the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is today, and the 100th anniversary of Russia’s Communist Revolution was on the 7th. The first helped create the modern world the second devastated nations.
Bible Seminary and the Marginalization of Christianity
William Carey was an English cobbler. He could not get an admission into Oxford or Cambridge because he was a Baptist. Those state universities were for Anglicans only. So he educated himself in his home and on his workbench.
In … Read More
Meet Mrs Katharine Luther: The Secret of the West’s Economic Success
Five hundred years ago my country, India, had more wealth than Europe. Then came a dramatic change. Some European countries began to develop faster than the rest of the world.
It is tempting to credit the West’s success … Read More
Britains Greatest Gift to India
I have been invited to present to the Members of Parliament in London the case for the Bible as The Book that Made Your World. This is fitting since the Bible is the greatest gift that the British gave to India.
Is There Hope for the Nation?
Fatalism, pessimism, escapism have paralysed many cultures. Optimism is one characteristic that explains the West’s amazing progress. Where did it come from?
Thomas Hobbes, an atheist philosopher noted that “Life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.”
Gautam Buddha, India’s … Read More
SEX: The Secret of the West’s Economic Success
England began colonising the Indian sub-continent in 1757. By 1850s Indian thinkers began asking what made a small island such as England so powerful? Indian writers such as Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar came to an astonishing conclusion: one of the West’s … Read More
The Secret of the Scientific Revolution
Why was science born in Europe? Why not in India, China, or Egypt?
Why did the scientific revolution take off in the 16th-17th centuries? Why not in ancient Greece, medieval Christianity, Muslim Middle-East?
Peter Bond, an Australian sociologist, spent seven … Read More
Bible is Pro-Nation, Anti-Empire
Following the Persian Wars, Europe adopted Middle-Eastern, Pagan idea of ‘Empire’ and suffered under competing empires: Greek, Roman, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Austrian, Russian, British, German etc.
The Roman Catholic Church baptized the Pagan idea of Empire as “Christendom” – … Read More
Your Freedom Came From Missionaries, Not From Ghandi
“India –The Grand Experiment” was published 20 years ago, in 1997, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of India’s Independence from the British Raj. It presented the case that while Mahatma Gandhi played a role in India’s Independence, he had nothing … Read More
Islam’s Problem with Democracy
Iraq and America have won Mosul from ISIS (with significant help from Shia Iran). Mosul is Iraq’s 2nd largest, predominantly Sunni, city. Yet, the news, pictures and videos of the victory are heart breaking. It will cost $1 billion to … Read More