If God will, I propose to give, at such intervals as may be convenient, a course of somewhat special lectures on the Book of Daniel. It is a part of Holy Scripture, perhaps the most interesting and valuable of all the prophetic books, one remarkably well-suited for the determination of some of those questions which modern skepticism has raised and one very full of just such truth as is most suitable for the consideration of men in our day, whether believers or unbelievers.
Quite a number of the brightest lights of our modern world, as distinguished for their erudition as thorough in their piety, have devoted some of their best efforts to the study of this book and given their united testimony to its excellence, its instructiveness, and its value as a clue to the knowledge of God’s purposes and dispensations as they run through the whole course of time. Though many critics have arisen who have brought all the apparatus of modern learning, and much “science falsely so-called” to the work of discrediting it as the production of the great man whom it claims as its author, the result has been to exhibit, all the more firmly, not only the genuineness and authenticity of this book but the certainty of its inspiration, the importance of it in the canonical record, and the centralness of its place in the revelations of God to man. “Happily, for the present age,” says Wordsworth, “the shafts of a skeptical criticism which, a few years ago, were discharged in a volley against the Book of Daniel, appear now to be almost spent. Its quiver seems to be empty. The attacks made upon this book with much eagerness and activity have stirred up able champions of the faith, and thus, by God’s providence overruling evil for good, the assaults of unbelief have been made the occasions and means of strengthening our belief in the genuineness, authenticity, and inspiration of the Book of Daniel, and have secured to the church those spiritual blessings which may be derived from a careful study of it.”
From: Voices from Babylon, or, the Records of Daniel the Prophet by Joseph A. Seiss; reprint (New York: Charles C. Cook, 1910), pp. 15-16. Originally published in 1879.