Incredible conversion. British philosopher and longtime atheist Dr. Antony Flew has just announced he now believes in God. Apparently, the 81-year-old has been the poster-boy for atheism for decades. He’s even debated C.S. Lewis on the subject. Here’s a six-page interview detailing his conversion.
He cites new scientific evidence as one of his reasons for the switch:
I think that the most impressive arguments for God’s existence are those that are supported by recent scientific discoveries. I’ve never been much impressed by the kalam cosmological argument, and I don’t think it has gotten any stronger recently. However, I think the argument to Intelligent Design is enormously stronger than it was when I first met it….
… Darwin himself, in the fourteenth chapter of The Origin of Species, pointed out that his whole argument began with a being which already possessed reproductive powers. 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.
Interesting stuff because the conventional wisdom provides that anyone who doesn’t believe in evolution is a complete moron. This issue, of course, is causing quite a kerfluffle in my home county. I’m not sure where I stand on the whole Intelligent Design debate. I guess I’ve already taken a side, because I’m willing to listen to the arguments.
Flew also noted that he is actually a Deist in the Jeffersonian sense. He believes in God, but not one who gets involved in the affairs of the world on a daily basis:
What Deists, such as the Mr. Jefferson who drafted the American Declaration of Independence, believed was that, while reason, mainly in the form of arguments to design, assures us that there is a God, there is no room either for any supernatural revelation of that God or for any transactions between that God and individual human beings.
As someone who recently converted from Agnosticism to Theism, I welcome the company.