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Leading Atheist, Antony Flew, Now Believes In God

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Well this is quite interesting. After half a century the leading atheism proponent in the world now concludes that there is/was a God. Antony Flew, 81, concludes that DNA evidence show that life was somehow engineered by a higher being. While he does not believe in a God that has daily influence now -- or that there is an afterlife -- he does believe in some intelligent entity being influential in human initial developments and the universe in general.


...after decades of insisting belief is a mistake, Antony Flew has concluded that some sort of intelligence or first cause must have created the universe. A super-intelligence is the only good explanation for the origin of life and the complexity of nature, Flew said in a telephone interview from England.

Flew said he's best labeled a deist like Thomas Jefferson, whose God was not actively involved in people's lives.

"I'm thinking of a God very different from the God of the Christian and far and away from the God of Islam, because both are depicted as omnipotent Oriental despots, cosmic Saddam Husseins," he said. "It could be a person in the sense of a being that has intelligence and a purpose, I suppose."


There was no one moment of change but a gradual conclusion over recent months for Flew, a spry man who still does not believe in an afterlife.

Yet biologists' investigation of DNA "has shown, by the almost unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which are needed to produce (life), that intelligence must have been involved," Flew says in the new video, "Has Science Discovered God?"


... if his belief upsets people, well "that's too bad," Flew said. "My whole life has been guided by the principle of Plato's Socrates: Follow the evidence, wherever it leads."

This is my kind of guy. As some Christians may be saying "Ahhhaaa! See!" and pointing at the leading Atheist as a source of humor or admittance in a God, I don't see it that way. Flew took the tact of basing beliefs on evidence he has found rather than blind beliefs and I do respect him for that. The same as a born again Christian who has "seen" a miracle in church which thereby steers his conclusions in one way so has flew.

His final analysis points more towards an alien creation theory than anything. A vast intellectual force or society that engineered the creation of the universe and potentially all life in it. His conclusions do not say that he believes each person was created by a current being, but more along the lines of evolution being started by this intelligent force. Much like the monolith in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

While his current conclusions may irk some, as a scientific philosopher his view may change if he finds further evidence.

Of course some would just write him off as an old cook since he's 81, not me. Hennessy's View notes that Flew was in philosophical debates with C.S. Lewis.

The 20th Century's two giant defenders of Christian faith--C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton--both turned to Christianity from atheism. Chesterton fought G. B. Shaw over God's existence. C.S. Lewis fought, among others, Antony Flew.

Tipped by: PoliBlog

Pajama Hadin has some excellent links to some Flew material and articles.

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Wizbang, SixHertz, James Joyner

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