Skip to comments.Philosopher Who Gave the New Atheists Their Theoretical Foundations Became Convinced that God Exists
Posted on 01/24/2014 7:51:27 PM PST by Enza Ferreri
British professor Antony Flew wrote over thirty philosophical works which established the foundations for atheism for half a century.
His 1950 paper "Theology and Falsification" was the most reprinted philosophical publication of the 20th century.
In December 2004 Flew announced in a symposium and subsequent video that he had completely changed his view and now, based on scientific evidence, believed that God exists.
In 2007 he wrote the book There Is a God (Amazon USA) (Amazon UK) , subtitled How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind.
This is the man without whose ideas the various Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Dennett, Wolpert, Stenger, (not to mention Christopher Hitchens and Pat Condell) et al, none of whom is a philosopher, would not have had rational arguments to support their faith: atheism.
So it's not surprising that, when on 9 December 2004 the international journalist agency Associated Press gave the world the news about the British Professor of Philosophy's "conversion" with the headine "Famous Atheist Now Believes in God: One of World's Leading Atheists Now Believes in God, More or Less, Based on Scientific Evidence", atheists became hysterical.
Roy Abraham Varghese, in his Preface to There Is a God, wrote:
"One atheist Web site tasked a correspondent with giving monthly updates on Flew's falling away from the true faith. Inane insults and juvenile caricatures were common in the freethinking blogosphere. The same people who complained about the Inquisition and witches being burned at the stake were now enjoying a little heresy hunting of their own. The advocates of tolerance were not themselves very tolerant. And, apparently, religious zealots don't have a monopoly on dogmatism, incivility, fanaticism, and paranoia.
"But raging mobs cannot rewrite history. And Flew's position in the history of atheism transcends anything that today's atheists have on offer."
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Yet another bookmark.
A famous atheist slips on a banana peel and believers think God taught him a lesson. Amusing.
I think I would put my money on the lottery, before I put it on an atheist.
The problem with the modern Atheist movement is that they are Ardent Authoritarians.
This is why the only Atheist that I actually respect is Penn Jillette.
I heard recently that Friedrich Nietzsche (who you might call the father of ‘old’ atheism), during his final years in an insane asylum, did little but sit and recite scripture he’d learned in his youth.
I guess all spiritual belief is amusing to atheists.
To those that liked this post, you’ll love quotes from Blaise Pascal.
That’s definitely at the heart of the militant atheists.
Well dang; he stole an idea I wanted to put into a book, and 400 years ago too -- that's talent!
There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.
— Blaise Pascal
The existence of God — by virtue of changing one’s view — imagine that.
Only to us happy-go-lucky atheists, mind you.
The so called New Athiests in particular make me laugh out loud. They are especially full of that peculiar blend of ignorance, arrogance, and flat out stupid that make the lefties so charming.
I always go back to the FIRST QUESTION that always gets “harrumphed, fluffed, tut tutted, or buried away in a sea of pseudo logical aphorisms.
“So how did all matter and energy come into existence? What put the “is” in “all there is”?
‘you’ll love the quotes from Blaise Pascal’...I was just thinking that perhaps Flew recently stumbled across Pascal’s Wager.
Me too. And I never play the lottery.
You admit to RESPECTING an atheist?
These people, including Penn Jillette, deserve no respect. Funny wisecracks do not redeem damnation by God. Giving even one of them respect is an insult to God. Please consider long and hard what you are doing.
I guess it’s useful to see which side you’ve really lined up with, despite paying lip service to belief.
Imho, this was a failure on the part of his church.