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- Publisher: HarperOne; 10.5.2008 edition (November 4, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061335304
- ISBN-13: 978-0061335303
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There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind Paperback – November 4, 2008
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“A clear, accessible account of the ‘pilgrimage of reason’ which has led Flew to a belief in God.” (John Polkinghorne, author of Belief in God in an Age of Science)
“Antony Flew’s book will incense atheists who suppose (erroneously) that science proves there is no God.” (Ian H. Hutchinson, Professor and Head of the Dept. of Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT)
“Towering and courageous... Flew’s colleagues in the church of fundamentalist atheism will be scandalized.” (Francis S. Collins, New York Times bestselling author of The Language of God)
“A very clear and readable book tracing his path back to theism, revealing his total openness to new rational arguments.” (Richard Swinburne, author of The Existence of God)
“This is a remarkable book in many ways.” (Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions)
“This is a fascinating and very readable account …” (Professor John Hick, Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences, University of Birmingham)
“A stellar philosophical mind ponders the latest scientific results. The conclusion: a God stands behind the rationality of nature.” (Michael Behe, author of Darwin's Black Box and The Edge of Evolution)
“Antony Flew not only has the philosophical virtues; he has the virtues of the philosopher. Civil in argument, relentlessly reasonable….” (Ralph McInerny, Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame)
“A fascinating record …it will come as a most uncomfortable jolt to those who were once his fellow atheists.” (Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University)
“Flew’s exposition will be a source for reflective inquiry for many, many years...” (Daniel N. Robinson, Philosophy Department, Oxford University)
About the Author
Philosopher and former atheist Antony Flew set the agenda for modern atheism with his 1950 essay "Theology and Falsification," which became the most widely reprinted philosophical publication of the last half century. Flew has published over thirty books, including God and Philosophy, The Presumption of Atheism, and How to Think Straight. He spent twenty years as professor of philosophy at the University of Keele and has also held positions at Oxford, the University of Aberdeen, and the University of Reading. He now lives in Reading, England.
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There is a God doesn’t really get going until page 50 or so. Until then, the book reads like an autobiographical account of Mr. Flew’s upbringing with analysis of the factors that shaped his prior worldview. The author tells us what motivates him on page 81: “the pursuit of valid arguments with true conclusions.” The reason why Flew ascended to belief begins on page 95. The reader is then led on a pilgrimage of reason that sequentially examines different arguments (e.g. cosmological, teleological, fine-tuning, the flaws of Darwinism) for God’s existence that also poke holes in alternative, atheistic arguments.
Indeed, Flew does a splendid job of rebutting Hume’s formulation of causality as he relates it to moral, non-physical phenomenon (starting on pg. 60). Appendix A, written by Roy Varghese, is a delightful and quick synopsis of how the “new atheists” fail to address some of the most basic tenets of human existence. Appendix B is a dialogue with N. T. Wright and details a factual synopsis for the historicity of the New Testament and the sufficiency of explanation of the resurrection for the empty tomb and the eyewitness testimony detailed in the Gospels.
Overall, less the Appendices, I felt underwhelmed by this book and I think most readers will do just fine without it (unless, of course, you have burning interest in the life and scholarly work of Anthony Flew).