Sunday, December 12, 2004

'Famous Atheist Now Believes in God'

We often hear stories of Christians giving up their faith and turning to atheism. Here's an interesting story of the opposite. Antony Flew has been described as 'one of the most renowned atheists of the 20th century'. I have a book in my library entitled Does God Exist? A Believer and an Atheist Debate. The atheist is Antony Flew. Yahoo! News has just reported that Flew now believes in God. A new video is about to be released where Flew explores the question, Has Science Discovered God? It is important to recognise, however, that the God that Flew now considers a possibility is not the God of evangelical Christianity. Rather, it is a deistic god -- one which has power and intelligence but does not interact with creation. Yahoo! News reports Flew, in the video, as saying:
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"

Apparently, Flew's reasons for changing is mind about the possible existence of God is similar to the Intelligent Design (ID) movement's which argues that the complexity of nature requires an intelligence behind it. You can read the whole story here.

You might also like to read the press release from the Institute for Metascientific Research who ran the symposium at which Flew revealed his change of mind. Another interesting site on Flew is here where you can read past writings and comments regarding Flew.

All in all, quite a remarkable event.


  1. nature requires intelligent design and intelligent design requires a prior intelligence to design the intelligence required to design and so on. Infinite regress is great fun and answers nothing.

  2. Your comments on the problem of infinte regress is true. But it is true for any approach to origins.