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Monday, April 20, 2015

Against The Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel In An Age Of Relativism

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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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:
I'm not sure I have read a more compelling or relevant non-fiction title in quite some time.  Constructed much like a text book for the classroom, Lennox's writing is concise and easy to follow.  He expertly draws parallel's between Daniel's life and circumstances and our modern day lives and circumstances.  He delves into a thorough fleshing out of scripture, history, culture (both past and present) and application for the present.  With all the upheaval across our world, Against the Flow is a timely word for Christians who desire to walk by absolute truth while showing the love of Christ.  This powerful resource should be on your bookshelf!
I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of this review.