Friday, August 12, 2005

Atheist - 0; Intelligent Design - 1

Warning: Christian Point Of View About To Be Expressed.

This story came out last year, but with intelligent design in the news, I thought it was still timely.

Antony Flew, a significant atheistic philopher, has recently announced his change of heart. His rational -- decidedly based on intelligent design.

Flew's recent announcement was based in large part of his review of scientific evidence. He now accepts a non-interventionist, but creating god.

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, Flew said in a telephone interview from England.

Flew said he's best labeled a deist like Thomas Jefferson, whose God was not actively involved in people's lives.

Flew's career began in 1950 when he wrote article "Theology and Falsification," based on a paper for the Socratic Club, a weekly Oxford religious forum led by writer and Christian thinker C.S. Lewis. Lewis, coincidently, was an avowed atheist as an adult. He began studying Christianity to become a better debater in favor of atheism. He converted and became one of the great Christian authors of the 20th Century.

Flew's private personal theological evolution began with a debate in May of last year with other theological heavyweights over whether science could prove the existence of God. Shortly thereafter, cracks in his view started to show.

The first hint of Flew's turn was a letter to the August-September issue of Britain's Philosophy Now magazine. "It has become inordinately difficult even to begin to think about constructing a naturalistic theory of the evolution of that first reproducing organism," he wrote.
Now, Flew fully accepts the existence of a God, and his reasoning is clearly influenced by intelligent design theory.

Yet biologists' investigation of DNA "has shown, by the almost unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which are needed to produce (life), that intelligence must have been involved," Flew says in the new video, "Has Science Discovered God?"
I can't say that believing in God is enough, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. I applaud his move.


At 10:51 AM, Blogger T. F. Stern said...

I posted on ID back in February, and here is the URL:

At 11:05 AM, Blogger KJ said...

Thank you Mr. Stern.

I'll check it out.

Maybe if you had written that last year, Flew would have changed his mind earlier :~D

At 11:31 AM, Blogger tee bee said...

I think it must be hard to look back on a life's work and come to the conclusion that you were wrong. To publicize it takes far more courage; Flew's reward? Disdain and derision from former colleagues and appreciation from people who had already come to Flew's conclusion separately.


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