The Bible’s Impact on History and the Urge to Erase It

Responding to the myth that the Bible has nothing to do with the West

By Misty Callahan

“Ignorance and unbelief are understandable, but distorting one’s own history is a costly bias.” Vishal Mangalwadi warns in his publication, The Book That Made Your World”. Yet a distortion of our own history is exactly what we’re seeing in many academic circles and within some spheres of popular culture. The mythical mantra that “the Bible had nothing to do with Western Civilization” is one that is being touted quite often these days. The only way that we can combat this misinformation is with the truth: the Bible is part of the foundation of the West, like it or not.

Clouding The Lens Of History

When I was a little girl, I watched the film, “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark”, and began to imagine myself as a “girl Indiana Jones”: exploring ancient temples, finding treasure and chasing evil doers with a whip. As I grew, I relegated my love for the past to a much beloved hobby. Yet, my passion for history has never waned.

The older I get, the more I realize that the study of history is extremely important to understand the present. Clouding the lens through which we view history can be risky.  If we allow our perceptions of history to be shaped by incomplete or misrepresentations of historical facts, how will we be able to see clearly through the chaos of our present day?

I recently watched a video on YouTube where a speaker (who will remain nameless, because I do not wish to embarrass him), stood in front of a class of college students and stated…

The Bible’s Impact on History and the Urge to Erase It