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Daniel's story is one of extraordinary faith in God lived out at the pinnacle of executive power. It tells of four teenage friends, born in the tiny state of Judah around 500 BC, but captured by Nebuchadnezzar, emperor of Babylon. Daniel describes how they eventually rose to the top echelons 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. That is why their story has such a powerful message for us. Society tolerates the practice of Christianity in private and in church services, but it increasingly deprecates public witness. If Daniel and his compatriots were with us today they would be in the vanguard of the public debate. What it was that gave that ancient foursome, Daniel and his three friends, the strength and conviction to be prepared, often at great risk, to swim against the flow?
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richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Christianity - Public Practice - In Light of Political CorrectnessMay 28, 2015richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Dr. John C. Lennox, professor, author, and lecturer for Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, is recognized for his intellectual defense of Christianity. The opening chapters of his book Against the Flow introduce the background of the city of Babylon leading up to the time of the Biblical account of Daniel and the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem in 605 BC. He goes on to discuss Daniels interpretive evidence as well as his own position on the inseparability of faith and evidence. He addresses the teachings of morality and values in Hebrew history, the question of identity; Daniels resolve and protest, and the world view of Babylon during Daniels lifetime.
Appendix A includes an article The Nature of the Kingdom of God which clearly states Lennoxs position on the message of the Gospel, the first coming Christ and anticipated second coming. He also discusses the structure of the book of Daniel, Daniel 11 and history, the Dating of the book of Daniel. The comprehensive Bibliography and extensive index add value for ready reference and further study.
I found the questions for reflection and discussion, the comprehensive Bibliography, and the well documented chapter notes especially helpful. Other features of value are the illustrations, and photos of ancient documents.
The material is relevant and timely; comparing our times to a modern Babylon through parallels. He challenges the reader to look for applications on what we can learn from Daniels life for our lives todAgainst the Flow is well-developed, researched, and documented; a scholarly approach to apologetics and eschatology.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Understand and Appreciate Daniel's Book Like Never BeforeApril 20, 2015JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If youve ever really wanted to dig deeply into the book of Daniel, "Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism" is the perfect book for you. Its intense. It takes time to absorb. But it is worth the work. Author John Lennox will lead you through every chapter Daniel, carefully explaining the culture, the events of the time, research and opinions of other experts, and the books application for Christians today.
Lennoxs explanation for the arrangement of the book was especially helpful. His insights into the work God was doing in Nebuchadnezzars life, especially as compared to His choice of treatment of other gentile rulers in Bible times, revealed much about Gods gracious character, plan for all humankind, and attention to individual lives. Lennoxs analysis of Daniels visions and prophecies is useful and hopeful. His comparison of Daniels response to the culture hed been taken into to what our response can be to some of the issues in our own society makes this book especially relevant.
This is the second book by John Lennox that I have read, and I was greatly impressed by both. This author has a gift for seeing and presenting truth clearly. He knows the Bible and the God Who gave it to us. We live in a world full of confusing ideas. Lennox helps his readers sort them out and, firmly, but respectfullyas Daniel didstand on truth.
I thank the Litfuse Publicity Group for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this honest review.
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5An Analysis Of Daniel To Enable Us For Victory TodayApril 19, 2015VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5John C. Lennox in his new book, Against The Flow published by Monarch Books gives us The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism.
From the back cover: Daniels 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. What was it that gave that ancient foursome, Daniel and his three friends, the strength and conviction to be prepared, often at great risk, to swim against the flow?
Daniel and his three friends are taken captive from Jerusalem and hauled, in bondage, across the Middle East to Babylon. No more familiar daily activities or surroundings, no more family to support them. It was just them now. And these young men are gritty. Nicely, they defy the rules that are being imposed upon them by their captors and they succeed in their endeavors. Each one of these four men rises through the ranks to become involved in the high courts of government. All because they went against the flow. Mr. Lennox has given us a masterful detailed account of the book of Daniel presenting to us the portrait of a boy who grows to be a man of God in a pagan society and helps to shape that society. It is the intention of Mr. Lennox to show us, by the example of Daniel, that we too can make a mark in our society and not have to give in to its demands. Against The Flow will help focus your attention to your true place in the kingdom of God and our respective roles. All of us need this book to help understand our identity and it would make a great gift for friends and family to help establish them as well.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Stacey5 Stars Out Of 5A Must Have Resource!April 17, 2015StaceyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5First, I would like to extend a heartfelt Thank you to John Lennox and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
Against the Flow by John Lennox is a fascinating analysis of the book of Daniel from one of the most highly acclaimed apologeticists (is that a word?) of our time. This book analyzes the entire book of Daniel, focusing on thematic aspects of the prophetic work to enlighten the student on the history, culture, structure, and interpretation of the book in addition to life application of Scripture.
This is a heady read and may require lots of review. It has for me and its been worth my time. In fact, I know I need to re-read this book over and over alongside the Scriptures to even scratch the surface of what Lennox is sharing. This brilliant author pulls you up to a new level of understanding. Lennox also shares great stories about how to share faith. He is most definitely a new favorite author of mine!
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Wealth of information and encouragement for contemporary ChristiansApril 16, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As Christians, we might think our contemporary situation is unique. Lennox reminds us that is not the case. Of Daniel and his friends, he writes, ...they maintained a high-profile public witness in a pluralistic society that became increasingly antagonist to their faith. (1) There is a powerful message in the book of Daniel for us today.
Lennox helps us understand what gave those men the strength and conviction to be prepared to swim against the flow in their society and give courageous public expression to their faith. Daniel had the conviction that he must honor God irrespective of the consequences. Lennox helps us understand what that means for us today. It is increasingly difficult to avoid the marginalization that results from stepping out of the politically correct line. (81)
We are given a wide view of the historical background on the culture, religion, etc. We find out how Daniel's worldview differed from the Babylonians'. I was amazed at how close the Babylonian worldview is to that of our contemporary society. Lennox also covers the dating of the book, the relation of reason and revelation, prophecy and its interpretation, blasphemy, tolerance, the reality that God will not always delivers saints, Daniel and Revelation, possibilities of the seventieth week, attempts to fulfill prophecy, and much more.
There are many important insights I gleaned from this book. The most penetrating might have been his recounting an experience from his student days at Cambridge. He noticed that many of his Christian friends paid lip service to the doctrine of inspiration but did not spend a great deal of time reading and thinking about the book they claimed was the Word of God. That really encouraged me to evaluate whether my actions toward the Bible reflected what I claimed to believe about it.
Another insight was regarding the gifts God gives us. Lennox makes sure we understand that just because God gave Daniel and his friends great ability and protection, that does not mean the same is guaranteed to happen to us. God equipped them for their roles, as He will us. Those roles may be very different, however.
There is a wealth of information, insight and encouragement in this book taken from Daniel. I highly recommend it for anyone desiring to understand how Daniel is a model for us today. Lennox reminds us near the end of the book that, just as Daniel did not understand all that was given to him, we are not able to understand all that is in Daniel either. Questions for Reflection or Discussion are at the back of the book so it would be a good choice for individual or group use.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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