Against the Flow, The Inspiration of Daniel in An Age of Relativism
By: John C. Lennox
Lion Hudson Books, Oxford, England,b978-0857216212, $ 19.99, 2015, 434 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Christianity – Public Practice – in Light of Political Correctness
Dr. 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 Daniel’s 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; Daniel’s resolve and protest, and the world view of Babylon during Daniel’s lifetime.
Appendix A includes an article The Nature of the Kingdom of God which clearly states Lennox’s 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 Daniel’s life for our lives today.
“Against 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.