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We've just wrapped up a study of Daniel in our church. The book of Daniel is a fascinating look at history, God's power and prophesy! John C. Lennox's Against The Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel In An Age Of Relativism book came at the perfect time to be able to continue that study.
This is a big book - over 400 pages! It is not something you simply pick up and quickly read through but it is better used as a continued study. Lennox provides a wealth of history through his writing. Because I was reviewing this book, I skipped around to the chapters I wanted to focus on. I particularly studied the chapters on the 70 weeks and the 70th week. I like how he gave the general opinions of both of these books. I also love how he stated the importance of studying Daniel in relevance to today's world views. People (believers and non-believers) are quick to judge God because he doesn't do exactly what they think He should - this book helped me to see from that perspective and how to actively discuss these thoughts with others.
About the book:
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.