As a final post for 2022 (Happy New Year btw), when Christianity seems on the ropes, and the Church seems up a certain creek, and the paddle is nowhere to be seen, it seems that appearances can be deceptive. Glen Scrivener has written a marvellous little book called ‘The Air We Breathe’ published by The Good Book Comapny (available on Amazon Audible, and I heard about it via Doug Wilson’s video), and it is about what it is that makes the Western World tick, and by insinuation, what makes YOU (if you are from the Western world) – tick. Western civilization may be in a bog of secular fragmentation, political confusion, and technological utopianism, but the truth of Christianity not only carries the world, but saves it.
Discover the Christian roots of the values we prize in Western society.
Is Christianity history? Or is Christian history the deepest explanation of the modern world?
Today in the West, many consider the church to be dead or dying. Christianity is seen as outdated, bigoted, and responsible for many of society’s problems. This leaves many believers embarrassed about their faith and many outsiders wary of religion. But what if the Christian message is not the enemy of our modern Western values, but the very thing that makes sense of them?
In this fascinating book, Glen Scrivener takes listeners on a journey to discover how the teachings of Jesus not only turned the ancient world upside down, but continue to underpin the way we think of life, worth, and meaning. Far from being a relic from the past, the distinctive ideas of Christianity, such as freedom, kindness, progress, and equality, are a crucial part of the air that we breathe. As author Glen Scrivener says in his introduction: “The extraordinary impact of Christianity is seen in the fact that we don’t notice it.”
This is a book for both believers and sceptics—giving Christians confidence to be open about their faith and showing sceptics the ways in which the message of Jesus makes sense of their most cherished beliefs. Whoever you are, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the values you hold dear as you discover the power and profundity of Jesus and his revolution.