• 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 (37 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 Christianity is seen as outdated, bigoted, and responsible for many of society’s problems.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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Eye opening!

This is a timely book and really opened my eyes to see how I view this world. I hope this book becomes widely read.

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phenomenal history, humor, insight!

Glenn is an amazing reader, lover of history, people, all kinds, and Jesus! his voice is so relaxing. relational and beautiful! his pages are riveting! excellent!!!

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Wow!

Book of '22?
No, Book of the 2020's?
Nope, quite possibly, the book of 21st Century!

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Well Done!

When people grapple with their faith in Jesus, here are clear answers to their good questions. What Glen Scrivener wrote here will help those who read it to do what 1 Peter 15 requires (ready at all times to explain the hope you have in you).

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Sweeping tour de force!

Perhaps the most important book I’ve read and listened to (Glen reads this beautifully) in the last 10 years. I plan to purchase several copies as a gift to skeptical friends and as an invitation to further dialogue. Not merely informative, but positively inspiring.

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  • James B.
  • 11-30-22

Great book

Amazingly written. Thoughtful, thought provoking and comprehends. Definitely worth listening to. For Christian and non Christian readers alike

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  • Mr Andrew Lamberton
  • 09-07-22

Fantastic

One of the best books I've ever read!
A real exploration into faith, our world, the influence of Jesus and what it means for us.

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  • Another Customer
  • 09-05-22

Genuinely excellent way of understanding the west

Brilliantly crafted, well narrated, easy to engage with and hard to disagree with. A must listen/read!

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  • Joy Fowler
  • 08-18-22

Brilliantly written, engages with philosophy well

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. Unmasks much of the secularist whitewashing that has gone on of our history.

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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.

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  • Matthew l
  • 10-25-22

You are probably more Christian than you think

Glen connects deep historical and philosophical issues to today's world and the pervasive influence of Christianity with warmth, accessibility and persuasion. There's some pretty challenging terrain here, but Glen's broad research and sympathetic approach to his themes makes for compelling listening that will enlighten curious listeners, whether they follow Jesus or not.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-22

See it, breathe it, love it!

Revolution, weird or just the air we breathe. Thank you Glen for your delivery and helping us to focus on not what is seen but unseen. The eternal air we breathe, see it, breathe it, love it!