Most Notorious, And Famous Atheist Changes Mind, Believes in God

What reasoning? what argument? what new evidence? what is that, that led the late ,world leading atheist philosopher Antony Flew to conclude that God exist.

In 1998 William Lane Craig debated Antony Flew on the existence of God

Antony Flew On Richard Dawkins:

It seems to me that Richard Dawkins constantly overlooks the fact that Darwin himself, in the fourteenth chapter of The Origin of Species, pointed out that his whole argument began with a being which already possessed reproductive powers. This is the creature the evolution of which a truly comprehensive theory of evolution must give some account. Darwin himself was well aware that he had not produced such an account. It now seems to me that the finding of more than fifty years of DNA research have provided materials for a new and enormously powerful argument to design.(Flew, ‘My Pilgrimage from Atheism to Theism: An Exclusive Interview with Former British Atheist Professor Antony Flew’, op cit.)

The God Delusion by the atheist writer Richard Dawkins, is remarkable in the first place for having achieved some sort of record by selling over a million copies. But what is much more remarkable than that economic achievement is that the contents – or rather lack of contents – of this book show Dawkins himself to have become what he and his fellow secularists typically believe to be an impossibility: namely, a secularist bigot. (Helpfully, my copy of The Oxford Dictionary defines a bigot as ‘an obstinate or intolerant adherent of a point of view’)…

On page 82 of The God Delusion is a remarkable note. It reads ‘We might be seeing something similar today in the over-publicised tergiversation of the philosopher Antony Flew, who announced in his old age that he had been converted to belief in some sort of deity (triggering a frenzy of eager repetition all around the Internet).’

What is important about this passage is not what Dawkins is saying about Flew but what he is showing here about Dawkins. For if he had had any interest in the truth of the matter of which he was making so much he would surely have brought himself to write me a letter of enquiry. (When I received a torrent of enquiries after an account of my conversion to Deism had been published in the quarterly of the Royal Institute of Philosophy I managed – I believe – eventually to reply to every letter.)

This whole business makes all too clear that Dawkins is not interested in the truth as such but is primarily concerned to discredit an ideological opponent by any available means. That would itself constitute sufficient reason for suspecting that the whole enterprise of The God Delusion was not, as it at least pretended to be, an attempt to discover and spread knowledge of the existence or non-existence of God but rather an attempt – an extremely successful one – to spread the author’s own convictions in this area.(Full Story At Bethinking.org)

A true and honest atheist or theist is  the one that follow where the evidence points, and for late Antony Flew, that evidence pointed to God.

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5 thoughts on “Most Notorious, And Famous Atheist Changes Mind, Believes in God

  1. I suppose I’m somewhat curious as to why the revised beliefs of the late Antony Flew would be of any concern to a Christian apologetics website, seeing as Flew’s beliefs were not in any way supportive of Christian theism, rather to a form of deism.

    • I can understand your curiosity, my answer is, It is because of Antony Flew’s shift from atheism to theism because of teleological Argument for existence of God and his work and debate with Christian apologists, e.g C.S. Lewis, William Lane Craig and Gary Habermas

      • Personally, I think your heading was (and is) misleading. When you say that Antony Flew “believes in God” (capitalised “G”) you are mistaken. Flew believed in the god (small “g”) of Spinoza – the cosmic designer who is indifferent to human activity NOT the God of theistic religions, and definitely not the Abrahamic God.

      • Theistic religions has gods, what you mean is Flew did indeed believe in god(s) but not the Judeo-God.

        But my aim is not which god Flew believe, but that the evidence lead Flew from Atheism to theism. I am sorry if “G” lead you to think the aim of the article is to show Flew belief in Christian God.

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