Friday, April 17, 2015

Against the Flow by John C. Lennox

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.

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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.

Margie’s Comments: Against the Flow by John Lennox isn’t for those who want light reading about the book of Daniel. In fact, I hesitated doing a review, but I’m very glad I did. The author has done his research and his writing is easy to read and understand. Not only does he give us information about the life and times in ancient Babylon when Daniel and his friends were living, but he also makes the connections between the ancient culture and our postmodern culture. I really love that! He also makes Daniel’s choices, actions, and attitudes applicable to our lives today. One can find much food for thought here. Against the Flow has challenged me to be better informed and to make better choices as I stand and defend my biblical worldview against a pluralistic and increasingly atheistic culture. I highly recommend this book, but give it the time and thought it deserves as you read and assimilate the principles into your own life.

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