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The Air We Breathe

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

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 Christianity is seen as outdated, bigoted and responsible for many of society’s problems.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

Glen Scrivener is an ordained minister and the Director of Speak Life, an organisation 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

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Contributors Glen Scrivener
ISBN 9781784987497
Format Paperback
First published May 2022
Dimensions 135mm x 216mm x 11mm
Language English
Pages 240
Publisher The Good Book Company

Tom Holland

Historian; Author, Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World

It is not necessary to be a Christian to appreciate the force of Glen Scrivener’s argument in this punchy, engaging and entertaining book.

Sam Allberry

Author; Speaker

Glen Scrivener does an outstanding job of showing us that the Western world is not nearly as post-Christian as we tend to think. The evidence and fruit of biblical influence is all around us—even our unbelief is more Christian than we might realise. This is an eye-opening and game-changing book.

Rebecca McLaughlin

Author, Confronting Christianity

The Air We Breathe is a pithy, energetic and compelling exploration of how Christianity has formed our moral thinking—whether we realize it or not—and why the truth or falsehood of Christianity matters for all of us today. Whatever your current beliefs, I highly recommend you give Glen Scrivener a hearing!

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