Atheist Changes his Ideas

by Steve Ray on July 16, 2007

This story is from 2004 but will be interesting to many.

anthonyFlew.jpgNASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Antony Flew, a legendary British philosopher and atheist, has changed his mind about the existence of God in light of recent scientific evidence.

Flew — a prolific author who has argued against the existence of God and the claims of Christianity for more than 50 years — first revealed his change of mind in a video of a discussion with several others at New York University organized by the Institute for Metascientific Research. The video, released in December, is titled, "Has Science Discovered God?"

Flew said he is now best described as a deist — a person who believes God created the universe but is not actively involved in people's lives today.

"I don't believe in the God of any revelatory system, although I am open to that," Flew said in an interview for the winter 2005 edition of Philosophia Christi, the journal of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. "But it seems to me that the case for … [a] God who has the characteristics of power and also intelligence is now much stronger than it ever was before."

For the rest, click here. For the lengthy interview where he explains his decision and reasons, click here.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer F. July 20, 2007 at 9:46 PM

Great story! Thanks for passing it on!

David Johansson April 16, 2008 at 5:40 AM

Dear Steve Ray, I have been reading your web page, and looking at the picture of Anthony Flew. I am right now writing a paper on Intelligent Design, which I am planning to hand out to students in 6- 12th grade in Sweden, Uppsala.

For this 'pamphlet' I will be needing som pictures of things to do with Intelligent Deisgn. I do, for these picturse need to have permission to use them. I was wanting to ask you, if it would be possible for me to use your picture of Anthony Flew? I am writing a little bit about him in my paper and it would be a great help if I could help your help with his picture!

Thank you for answer! Regards, David Johansson mr_djcool@hotmail.com

STEVE RAY HERE: The picture I have of Anthony Flew is just an image I got from the internet so I do not have authority or rights to grant its use to another. Sorry. You'd have to find an original source. However, if you are just using the picture in an in-house paper you are writing for your students — not for official publication — I think you would be fine using mine or another you can get on the internet.

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