One of the people who most influenced the writing of my first book, Discipling Nations, was my Indian friend, Vishal Mangalwadi. Vishal, founder of The Revelation Movement, is an international lecturer, social reformer, cultural and political columnist, philosopher, and author.
Vishal and his wife, Ruth, wrote The Legacy of William Carey, a book which profoundly impacted the early direction of the Disciple Nations Alliance. In their chapter, “The Mind of the Modernizer,” Ruth and Vishal argue that development flows more from the human mind—metaphysical capital—than from physical capital. The Hindu mindset often led to poverty, corruption, and the exploitation of women. By contrast, William Carey’s Judeo-Christian mindset brought emancipation to women, restoration to the land, and flourishing to education. It also launched the establishment of science, and built a new appreciation for beauty.
As we move from the modern Western world to the post-modern neo-pagan worship of nature, the West is becoming more like the India Carey found when he first landed there as a missionary. What was the mind of India and the contrasting mind of Carey? What was the mind that laid the groundwork for the progress and development in India? Read The Mind of the Modernizer.
“Carey … believed that the real battle is in the mind. False beliefs lead to wrong behavior and harmful culture. Therefore, Carey strove to fill the Indian mind with the truth of God’s word. That he understood, was conversion – the cornerstone in the task of civilizing.”
– Darrow Miller