The Air We Breathe (ebook)

The Air We Breathe ebook

How We All Came to Believe in Freedom, Kindness, Progress, and Equality

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Discover the Christian roots of the values we prize in western society.

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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 Christianity is seen as outdated, bigoted and responsible for many of society’s problems.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 readers 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 non-Christians 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.

TGC and Christianity Today 2022 Book Award Winner in Evangelism & Apologetics.

Glen Scrivener is an ordained minister and the Director of Speak Life, an organization that exists to share the love of Jesus through creative communication. He has also authored several books, including The Gift, 321, The Story of God, the World and You and Long Story Short: The Bible in 12 Phrases

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  • Introduction
    1. Things were different back then
    2. Equality
    3. Compassion
    4. Consent
    5. Enlightenment
    6. Science
    7. Freedom
    8. Progress
    9. The Victory of the Victim
    10. Choose Your Miracle
    Final words


Contributors Glen Scrivener
ISBN 9781784987589
Format eBook
First published June 2022
Case quantity 50
Language English
Publisher The Good Book Company
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“An excellent, helpful and faith-affirming book.”

This is an excellent book which thoroughly debunks the myth that Christianity has not had a profound and transformative influence for good on how we see the world. It certainly has and continues to do so in so many of the attitudes and assumtions that we take for granted today. This is a very readable, accessible, helpful and faith-affirming book and I loved it.

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