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December 11, 2004

Anthony Flew Gets Religion

You probably need to be a philosophy geek to fully appreciate this one, but renowned British philosopher Anthony Flew has gone from atheist to Deist in the space of a year. His theism will be immortalized in a new edition of God and Philosophy.

The journal Philosophia Christi has an interview with Flew available on-line and also as a PDF. Flew's reason for his change of heart is science's alleged difficulty in explaining "the origin of life and the complexity of nature."

I wonder why, if he was the sort to go for Intelligent Design, he's become convinced only now. The interview doesn't go into enough detail on that point, but Flew does outline his beliefs on divine revelation (possible but unlikely), the problem of evil (still unsolved), the possibility of an afterlife (he hopes not), the evidence for Jesus' resurrection (insufficient, but better than your average miracle), and Islam ("the uniting and justifying ideology of Arab imperialism"). He's considering

[...] the possibility of what my philosophical contemporaries in the heyday of Gilbert Ryle would have described as a knock-down falsification of Islam: something which is most certainly not possible in the case of Christianity. If I do eventually produce such a paper it will obviously have to be published anonymously.
Posted by jemima at 04:43 PM