• The Air We Breathe

  • How We All Came to Believe in Freedom, Kindness, Progress, and Equality
  • By: Glen Scrivener
  • Narrated by: Glen Scrivener
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 Christianity is seen as outdated, bigoted, and responsible for many of society’s problems.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

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  • TJ
  • 06-28-22

Fast-Paced and Excellent

A fast-paced journey into the Christian origins of Western values. The modern world as we know it is fundamentally Christian whether one has visited a church, affirms a belief in God, or follows the Savior-King Jesus.

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  • susan fletcher
  • 07-26-22

Brilliant

This is a truly brilliant book.

Whether you’re an expert historian or an average Jo, Scrivener does a terrific job of drawing together 1000s of years of Western history to show how seemingly countless threads are in fact part of one large tapestry.