Friday, April 10, 2015
Litfuse Review: Against the Flow by:John C. Lennox
About the Book:
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.
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.
Upon reading the book of Daniel, you realize real quick how incredibly obedient he is to the Lord. If only we could be a Daniel. Throughout the very cerebral book, John Lennox gives his commentary of the book and the man. He also compares the times spoke of in the book of Daniel to the happenings of the day.
Followers of God back then were incredibly devoted to Him and as more worldly thing evolve it seems we are more into what the world can provide rather than the Lord. This is perhaps why we are nowhere close on the devotion scale these days. Some can even go as far as to say we are living in different times. One thing I know for sure, in my opinion the times now are more desperate and we need more obedient Christians even more now.
The purpose of the writing is to show the similarities from that time compared to now. We all need a no holes barred type of faith and maybe if we were more like Daniel this world would be very different.
The author manages to give you such a controversial topic that is so completely and total relevant to the past as well as the present.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.