Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism by John C. Lennox book review.
Against the Flow
by John C. Lennox
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. Lennoxprovides 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.
“I read everything John Lennox writes because of his amazing blend of rigorous scholarship with practical insights and applications for all of us. You cannot afford to miss this important book! Read it, then pass it on to a friend.”
-Rick Warren, pastor and author of The Purpose Driven Life
Meet 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 and is author of a number of books on the relations of science, religion, and ethics.
I choose John’s book Against the Flow because I wanted to learn more about the book of Daniel. John does a thorough job of walking the reader through every step of the book of Daniel. The writing style is not difficult for the reader to understand, however, one must stay focused…keeping ones mind centered on every point so as not to get lost.
I viewed this book rather like a text…one in which I could glean a better understanding of the book of Daniel. This book did not disappoint…I have learned a lot from reading John’s book…it gives the reader much to think about.
John explains how Daniel’s life is still relative to ours today.
In our world today inconsistent moral behaviour on the part of those who claim to follow Christ devalues the Christian faith and causes people to mock it.( Against the Flow, page 12.)
Bu in the end Daniel and his friends came to understand that God is interested not only in global history but also in the personal history of those who are often innocent caught up in its tragic aftermath. (Against the Flow, page 15.)
If your looking for a book to take to the beach and zone out for a few hours…this is probably not the book for you, but if you want to grow in your knowledge of God’s Word this book will surely be an asset. I have a much better understanding of the book of Daniel than I did before reading John’s book.
This book is well written and meticulously complete. If you would like to learn more about the book of Daniel this just might be the book for you. I would give this book four stars.