The book of Daniel fascinates me. Daniel is such a strong character who stands against the excess and evils in the Babylonian kingdom that he’s a great role model for us for Christian living. Then, there are all those strange dreams as well. It hasn’t been that long since I completed a 12 week Bible study of Daniel with my Community Bible Study group, so when I got the opportunity to review Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism by John Lennox, I knew I wanted the opportunity to visit Daniel’s world.
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 Opinions on This Book
Lennox begins by laying the ground work of the book with the history of Babylon and its idols . As he does this, he shows the readers why these questions are important, and why they need serious answers. He continues in this manner throughout the book, allowing you to see the reasoning behind the arguments that he is creating as well as pointing out weaknesses in his opponents’ arguments.
This is a work of theology, and sometimes Lennox’s writing gets very dense, but it’s as much a work of apologetics as it anything else. As you journey through the theology and the history of Daniel, you’ll also journey through the ideas of the New Atheists and Postmodern thoughts. We need a good bolster against postmodernism and other mushy doctrine, and this book provides that. It’s slow reading, but it’s very interesting and good.
If you’re looking for some application, Lennox provides that as well. He occasionally draws lines of application in the text, and he also provides some questions for reflection and discussion at the end of the text. If you want to learn more about Daniel, or if you wonder why historical accuracy is so important in determining the meaning of the text in the Bible, you’ll find this an interesting and informative read.
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