A British philosophy professor who has been a leading champion of atheism for more than a half-century has changed his mind. He now believes in God — more or less — based on scientific evidence, and says so on a video released Thursday.
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.
The article discusses the creation of the universe, and Antony Flew believes in the deist belief in God, that he is a creator and not a meddler in daily affairs.
Early in his career, he argued that no conceivable events could constitute proof against God for believers, so skeptics were right to wonder whether the concept of God meant anything at all.
Pretty sharp guy, and now espouses pretty much the way I look at things. God wouldn’t create the messes and confusion of religion that exist today, it serves no purpose other than thinning the population. Organized religion has served the purpose of keeping the masses in line at times, but the current version of Islam seems to have abandoned that concept as well. So, the argument comes back to Flew’s argument that in not being able to prove God does not exist makes the entire argument moot. Therefore, the interpretation of the varying religious dogma is purely a personal decision and IMO science does not apply. Even if man were to totally prove that one creation theory is 100% accurate, what caused that event to occur? Something started everything in place. What the hell was it? It may as well be called “God”.
The second aspect of the Flew revelation is a pattern I’ve noticed repeatedly in varying forms due to varying circumstances. To wit, when a person is pretty certain death is pending, they start believing in a divine being even if they never have in the first place. For about 65 years Flew was certain there was no mighty creator. Now, at 81, he’s certain there is. Death row convicts often request last rights even when they’ve never been religious. I think it’s a comfort blanket for facing the uncertainty of what’s next. At 81, Flew’s only next major personal evolution will be facing death. Does the fact he is getting much closer to infinity make the narrow scope of human existence on Earth seem profoundly larger? Do you suddenly see things in a larger picture? Do you possibly start experiencing “what’s next” as your physical being deteriorates? Dunno, but it sure seems to happen a lot.
I am probably a deist as Flew has become. I have not experienced any types of divine intervention in my life. I’ve experienced human failures that a passionate God would not allow. The things that have happened in my life good or bad have been of my own making. But, I just can’t get over that initial big bang or whatever it was that set all this in motion. What the hell was it? It may as well be called “God”.