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 One of World's Leading Atheists Now Believes in God

One of World's Leading Atheists Now Believes in God!
Yesterday I read this in local newspaper and made some search in google. Here is the story in general:

For years, Antony Flew has been a figurehead for atheists. Now, though, he has abandoned his atheism and accepted the existence of God. In a recent [url=]interview for Philosophia Christi[/url] with Gary Habermas, Flew explained his new beliefs. Though Flew has not embraced Christianity, he now accepts the existence of God, saying that he “had to go where the evidence leads”.

At age 81, 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.

Antony Flew is not just any atheist. For decades, he has been a dominant figure in the philosophy of religion, among the most influential of atheist philosophers. He lectured on philosophy at the University of Oxford and the University of Aberdeen, and subsequently held professorships at the University of Keele and the University of Reading. He is the author of the celebrated essays “Theology and Falsification” and “The Presumption of Atheism”, and many monographs including Atheistic Humanism and Merely Mortal?: Can You Survive Your Own Death?. He has also represented atheism in published oral debates with William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, and Thomas Warren.

Flew has not become a Christian; he has merely accepted the existence of God. He has described his new position as a form of deism. Deists accept that there is a God responsible for creating the universe, but reject claimed special revelation such as the Bible. This rejection of special revelation is not absolute; Flew expresses an openness to the possibility of special revelation, and acknowledges that there is some evidence supporting the view that the Bible is such, but he makes it clear that his present view is that God does not intervene, and has not intervened, in human affairs since Creation.

For atheists, this shift in Flew’s beliefs is highly embarrassing. To have such a prominent atheist accept the case for God’s existence is a major blow. To see how major a blow, consider the words of’s resident atheist Austin Cline on October 16th, 2004:

“Have you read the news about Antony Flew abandoning atheism? This would be big news because Flew is one of the most prominent atheist philosophers of the 20th century. It would be big news, that is, if it were true.”

I am afraid that this is just another trap that devil catch him in.
May God opens his eyes and heart to know the true God and Creator!

[b]"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."[/b]
John 17:3

 2005/1/20 6:04Profile

Joined: 2003/6/11
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Santa Clara, CA

 Re: One of World's Leading Atheists Now Believes in God

The poor fellow has flew the coup, (no pun intended)...

That the Lord would further open his eye's and heart to the Truth... Could only imagine how the Lord could use his life and background...

The possibilities!

Mike Balog

 2005/1/20 10:25Profile

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