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Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism

Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism

by John C Lennox

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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 about twenty-six centuries ago, 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 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?

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ISBN-13: 9780857216212
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Publication date: 03/20/2015
Edition description: New edition
Pages: 436
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

John C Lennox
John 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 has lectured in many universities around the world, including Austria and the former Soviet Union. He is particularly interested in the interface of Science, Philosophy and Theology. Lennox has been part of numerous public debates defending the Christian faith. He debated Richard Dawkins on "The God Delusion" in the University of Alabama (2007) and on "Has Science buried God?" in the Oxford Museum of Natural History (2008). He has also debated Christopher Hitchens on the New Atheism (Edinburgh Festival, 2008) and the question of "Is God Great?" (Samford University, 2010), as well as Peter Singer on the topic of "Is there a God?" (Melbourne, 2011). John is the author of a number of books on the relations of science, religion and ethics. He and his wife Sally live near Oxford.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Why We Should Read Daniel 1

Daniel 1

1 A Matter of History 4

2 City of Idols 25

3 A Question of Values 33

4 A Question of Identity 40

5 The Resolution and the Protest 57

6 The World-View of Babylon 64

7 The Manner of the Protest 76

8 The Logical Structure of Daniel 83

Daniel 2

9 Dreams and Revelations 88

10 A Succession of Empires 104

Daniel 3

11 When the State Becomes God 136

Daniel 4

12 The Testimony of Nebuchadnezzar 152

Daniel 5

13 The Writing on the Wall 172

Daniel 6

14 The Law of the Medes and Persians 194

15 The Law of the Jungle 213

Daniel 7

16 The Four Beasts and the Son of Man 224

Daniel 8

17 The Vision of the Ram and the Goat 254

Daniel 9

18 Jerusalem and the Future 279

19 The Seventy Weeks 294

20 The Seventieth Week 301

Daniel 10

21 The Man above the River 311

Daniel 11

22 The Book of Truth 324

Daniel 12

23 The Time of the End 339

Appendix A The Nature of the Kingdom of God 356

Appendix B Translation of the Text of the Cyrus Cylinder 371

Appendix C The Structure of the Book of Daniel 376

Appendix D Daniel 11 and History 378

Appendix E The Dating of the Book of Daniel 399

Questions for Reflection or Discussion 401

Bibliography 409

Notes 413

Index 417

Text Acknowledgments 432

Picture Acknowledgments 434

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