Skip to comments.Weighing the Evidence: An Atheist Abandons Atheism
Posted on 01/10/2005 2:47:28 PM PST by Mr. Silverback
Antony Flew, the 81-year-old British philosophy professor who taught at Oxford and other leading universities, became an atheist at age 15. Throughout his long career he arguedincluding in debates with an atheist-turned-Christian named C. S. Lewisthat there was a presumption of atheism, that is, the existence of a creator could not be proved.
But hes now been forced to face the evidence. It comes from the Intelligent Design movement, led by Dr. Phillip Johnson and particularly the work of Michael Behe, the Lehigh biochemist who has proven the irreducible complexity of the human cell structure. Though eighty-one years old, Flew has not let his thinking fossilize, but has faithfully followed his own dictum to go where the evidence leads.
Christian philosophy professor Gary Habermas of Liberty University conducted an interview with Flew that will be published in the winter issue of Philosophia Christi, the journal of the Evangelical Philosophical Society and Biola University. Flew told Habermas that a pivotal point in his thinking was when he realized two major flaws in the various theories of how nature might have created itself. First, he recognized that evolutionary theory has no reasonable explanation for the first emergence of living from non-living matterthat is, the origin of life. Second, even if a living cell or primitive animal had somehow assembled itself from non-living chemicals, he reasoned it would have no ability to reproduce.
Flew told Habermas, 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 findings of more than fifty years of DNA research have provided materials for a new and enormously powerful argument to design.
Flew has, thus, become a Deistthat is, he acknowledges God as creator but not as a personal deity. In his opinion, There is no room either for any supernatural revelation of that God or any transactions between that God and individual human beings. In fact, he told a group last May that he considers both the Christian God and the Islamic God to be omnipotent Oriental despotscosmic Saddam Husseins.
But a crack is beginning to develop in his opinion that God hasnt spoken through Scripture. When he reads the first chapter of Genesis, Flew says hes impressed that a book written thousands of years ago harmonizes with twenty-first-century science. That this biblical account might be scientifically accurate, says Flew, raises the possibility that it is revelation. A book containing factual statements that no human knew about at the time of writing seems to argue that the authors must have had coaching from the Creator.
The evidence is there for all who will look, as his one-time adversary C. S. Lewis discovered, and as more and more thinking intellectuals are discovering today. So it is that Antony Flew, perhaps the most famous philosopher of atheism, is just a step or two away from the kingdom.
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I like the mention of C. S. Lewis at the end. He is my favorite author.
It is also nice that he brings up one of my favorite points. To wit, that a book written thousands of years ago and has quite a bit to say about creation, still cannot be refuted by modern science. Oh, peoples interpretations of it can be, but it cannot. Kind of like it's prophesies...
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Someone needs to tell this 81 year professor from Oxford University that the Theory of Evolution does not speak to the issue of origins, therefore it must not, and cannot, be held accountable in this regard.
Well, as ones life becomes more and more mortal, one usually finds themself spending more mental energy on the subject.
>>Theory of Evolution does not speak to the issue of origins, therefore it must not, and cannot, be held accountable in this regard.<<
Heh, heh. WHICH theory of evolution?
I don't believe in atheists...I can prove their nonexistance.
AT 81, he may not have much time left to make up his mind whether he should follow up on his realization of a deity.
C. S. Lewis used to be an atheist. He finally concluded, and documents his reasons, that it is the most logically unsupportable position to the point that he did not believe there was really any such thing as an atheist, no matter how much someone would claim to be one.
My assertion is based on Lewis's writing....:-)
I tend to believe that if the only thing that is keepine a person from accepting Christ is their intellect, then they are, in fact, probably destined to become a Christian.
I actually suspected, but was not sure. ;^>
Amazing how some atheists come around the closer they get to meeting their Creator...
Perhaps he's hedging his bets?
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Interesting article....looks like intelligent design is gaining some traction.
And that is the key phrase. The brain-dead ones still cling to a theory only a real idiotic or and religious fanatic could believe in.
Wow. What a succinct way to put it. I've had raging arguments with atheists on FR on the impossibility of atheism.
You summed it up in a single sentence.
Generally, I get riled and ask them to lay out their proof for me so that I can have my Sunday's back.
I never get a response, but my approach isn't half as elegant as your summation.
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