Monday, April 20, 2015

Against the Flow ~ The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism, A Review

Book info

About the book:
Against the Flow (Monarch, March 2015)

A wide-ranging discussion of the place of Christianity in the public square

Daniel's story is one of extraordinary faith in God lived out at the pinnacle of executive power. It tells of four young men, born in the tiny state of Judah around 500 b.c., and captured by Nebuchadnezzar, emperor of Babylon. Daniel describes how they eventually rose to senior positions of administration.

Daniel and his friends did not simply maintain their private devotion to God; they maintained a high-profile witness in a pluralistic society antagonistic to their faith. Their story carries a powerful message for us today. Society tolerates the practice of Christianity in private and in church services, but increasingly it deprecates public witness. If Daniel and his compatriots were with us today they would be in the vanguard of public debate.

This is a lucid and erudite examination of the life of Daniel from a leading expert on faith and science. In his first biblical work, Dr. Lennox provides a unique perspective on both Western society and biblical exegesis that will make Against the Flow an instant classic encouraging Christians to speak out in our modern Babylon.
My Thoughts:
This is a big thick book that, frankly, I found rather intimidating when I opened the box. The tone is very scholarly. It's written by a college professor, and it reads that way as well. Mr. Lennox had a very good way of explaining the book of Daniel. He writes in a descriptive way that created pictures in my mind as I read.
  • Even though it's long and intense, it is enlightening
  • Excellent survey of Babylonian culture at Daniel's time
  • Good explanation of the dreams
  • He showed the level of integrity of Daniel and his friends.
  • He gave a good description of what he thought Nebuchadnezzar might have been thinking.
  • Clear thorough explanations
  • Striking parallels to current belief systems and Relativism
  • Very analytical just as would be expected from a math professor
If you like to study the Bible, or are interested in Apologetics, this would be an excellent resource.
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About the author:

John C. Lennox
 is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College. He lectures on Faith and Science for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is author of a number of books on the relations of science, religion and ethics. He and his wife, Sally, live near Oxford.
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  1. Thank-you for the interesting review of this book. On Saturday I was participating in a Bible study and we looked at verses from the first two chapters of Daniel. Daniel's choice to hold onto his faith, trusting God, when offered the king's diet led the way for the choice that his three friends made to remain faithful to God. Daniel is a hero of the faith--we can only learn from him. Against the Flow sounds like a good read!


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