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God & Philosophy Paperback – April 8, 2005
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This difficulty is not relieved by cumbersome phrasing. For instance: "It is perhaps these particular requirements rather than some general demand for the scientifically inexplicable which account for whatever lack of enthusiasm may be detectable in that quarter about the wider development of evolutionary theory." Along with these tough sentences are ones that are wasteful. He states, "Campaigns for proselytization, must become, as we have already suggested, perfectly preposterous if there not only is but if it is also admitted that there is no good reason to believe the doctrines to be preached" (160). If this was an opening statement--perhaps, part of a litany of this sort, set out in an opening chapter--that would be fine. However, he seems to believe that these kinds of truisms are arguments.Read more ›
The publisher of Flew's treatise in favour of atheism, God & Philosophy, made a clever move by issuing a new version of the book with an updated introduction by the author himself. Anyone who was following the debate in the media, would have expected that the main text would also have been adapted to Flew's newest ideas, but in this respect the reader should be ready for a disappointment.
To be honest, my main conclusion about the supposed revolution in the philosopher's thought is that Flew does not succeed in presenting a clear formulation of his latest convictions.
He really seems to take the so called argument from order to design seriously, namely that there would be so much 'integrated complexity' in nature that we simply have to assume some kind of intelligence behind it. However, he still has great difficulty in accepting the notion of an non-physical, purely spiritual creator. His assumption that an entity could never be wholely spiritual is also the reason why Flew rejects the reality of an afterlife. He is even well known for this assumption within the philosophy of parapsychology.
What's outright bizarre about Flew's supposed new position is that in this very book he gives important reasons (especially in Chapter 3) why the Intelligent Design-argumentation so hotly debated today would be philosophically untenable.Read more ›
This book was first published in 1966; in 2005, Prometheus Books reprinted the ORIGINAL edition, along with a new Introduction by Flew.Read more ›
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A concise exposition of why the concept of God is philosophical absurd and existentially impossible. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by Carl Swinney
Flew has some good points, he's well read and obviously an intelligent individual. His style, however, is irritatingly talkative, and any good argument is muddled by jargon and... Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by Dagfinn Sjaastad Karlsen
While reading this book I kept thinking that I could write the same thing in 1/3 the space, with sentences 1/2 the length, and twice the clarity. Read morePublished on June 21, 2012 by Stephen B. Gray
Professor Flew is a wise man. I say this as a Catholic Theist (and he is no friend of Catholics, though he does respect them in their search for the truth). Read morePublished on November 29, 2006 by Justin M. West
To Dear GangstaLawya
Have you actually read the book or at least Flew's new introduction regarding his changed view on theism? Read more
It has been said time and again that experience is the best teacher. Antony Flew, the world's number one atheist (at least with respect to the rare ability to argue his point... Read morePublished on July 16, 2006 by GangstaLawya