Click Here

Visit to get all the news, commentary and context you need. Content,video, alerts and podcasts. Online exclusives now available.

Look Who's Linking to PoliBlog:
Absinthe and Cookies
Accidental Verbosity
Admiral Quixote's Roundtable
All Day Permanent Red
All Things Jennifer
Ann Althouse
The American Mind
Arguing with signposts
Arms and influence
The Astute Blogger
Asymmeterical Information
B-Town Blog Boys
Backcountry Conservative
Balloon Juice
Bananas and Such Begging to Differ
The Bemusement Park
Bewtween the Coasts
Betsy's Page
The Big Picture
Blogs for Bush
The Blog of Daniel Sale
Boots and Sabers
The Bully Pulpit
Cadillac Tight
Caffeinated Musing
California Yankee
Captain's Quarters
Chicago Report
Chicagoland of Confusion
Citizen Smash
Collected Thoughts
The Command Post
Common Sense and Wonder
Confessions Of A Political Junkie
The Conservative Philosopher
Conservative Revolution
Conservative and Right
Cranial Cavity
The Daily Lemon
Daly Thoughts
DANEgerus Weblog
Dart Frog on a Cactus
Dean's World Dear Free World
Brad DeLong
Democracy Project
The Disagreeable Conservative Curmudgeon
Down to the Piraeus
Drink this...
Earl's log
Earthly Passions
The Education Wonks
the evangelical outpost
Eye of the Storm
Firepower Forward
The Flying Space Monkey Chronicles
The Friendly Ghost
Fruits and Votes
Functional, if not decorative
The Galvin Opinion
The Glittering Eye
Haight Speech
The Hedgehog Report
Heh. Indeed.
Hennessy's View
High Desert Skeptic
The Hillary Project
History and Perceptions
Robert Holcomb
I love Jet Noise
Idlewild South
Independent Thinker
Insults Unpunished
Internet Ronin
Ipse Dixit
It Can't Rain All The Time...
The Jay Blog
Jen Speaks
Joefish's Freshwater Blog
John Lemon blog
Judicious Asininity
Jump In, The Water's Fine!
Just On The Other Side
A Knight's Blog
The Kudzu Files
Let's Try Freedom
Liberty Father
Life and Law
David Limbaugh
Locke, or Demosthenes?
Mad Minerva
Gary Manca
Mark the Pundit
Mediocre but Unexciting
Mental Hiccups
Miller's Time
Mind of Mog
Minorities For Bush
Mr. Hawaii
The Moderate Voice
The Modulator
Much Ado
Mungowitz End
My opinion counts
my thoughts, without the penny charge
My Word
Neophyte Pundit
Neutiquam erro
New England Republican
NewsHawk Daily
neWs Round-Up
No Pundit Intended
Nobody asked me, but...
Obsidian Wings
Occam's Toothbrush
On the Fritz
On the Third Hand
One Fine Jay
Out of Context
Outside the Beltway
Suman Palit
Passionate America
Brian Patton
Peppermint Patty
John Pierce
The Politicker
The Politburo Diktat
Political Annotation
Political Blog For The Politically Incorrect
Power Politics
Practical Penumbra
Priorities & Frivolities
Prof. Blogger's Pontifications
Pros and Cons
protein wisdom
Pundit Heads
The Queen of All Evil
Quotes, Thoughts, and other Ramblings
Ramblings' Journal
Random Acts of Kindness
Random Nuclear Strikes
Ranting Rationalist
Read My Lips
Reagan Country
Red State Diaries
A Republican's Blog
The Review
Rhett Write
Right Side of the Rainbow
Right Wingin-It
Right Wing News
Right Voices
Rightward Reasonings
riting on the wall
Rooftop Report
The Sake of Argument
Sailor in the Desert
Secular Sermons
Sha Ka Ree
Shaking Spears
She Who Will Be Obeyed!
The Skeptician
The Skewed
Slobokan's Site O' Schtuff
small dead animals
Sneakeasy's Joint
SoCal Law Blog
A Solo Dialogue
Some Great Reward
Southern Musings
Speed of Thought...
Spin Killer
Matthew J. Stinson
A Stitch in Haste
Stop the ACLU
The Strange Political Road Trip of Jane Q. Public
The Strata-Sphere
Stuff about
Suman Palit
Target Centermass
Templar Pundit
The Temporal Globe
Tex the Pontificator
Texas Native
think about it...
Tobacco Road Fogey
Toner Mishap
Tony Talks Tech
The Trimblog
Truth. Quante-fied.
Twenty First Century Republican
Unlocked Wordhoard
Use The Forks!!
Ut Humiliter Opinor
Vista On Current Events
Vox Baby
Jeff Vreeland's Blog
Wall of Sleep
Weapons of Mass Discussion
Who Knew?
The Window Manager
Winning Again!
WizBang Tech
The World Around You
The Yin Blog
You Big Mouth, You!
Non-Blogs Linking to PoliBlog:
Friday, December 10, 2024
Prominent Atheist Changes His Mind
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 6:32 am

Via AP: Famous Atheist Now Believes in God

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.

Flew said he’s best labeled a deist like Thomas Jefferson, whose God was not actively involved in people’s lives.

I must confess that I have not, to my recollection, ever heard of Flew. However, I found the piece interesting given recent blogospheric ruminations about Intelligent Design and the origins of the universe, as Flew is basically saying that he sees evidence of such intelligence in nature, and hence his position shift.

I don’t take such a fact to be anything other than interesting, however.

Fellow atheists needn’t worry, however:

Last week, Richard Carrier, a writer and Columbia University graduate student, posted new material based on correspondence with Flew on the atheistic Web page. Carrier assured atheists that Flew accepts only a “minimal God” and believes in no afterlife.

That’s a relief!

Flew’s “name and stature are big. Whenever you hear people talk about atheists, Flew always comes up,” Carrier said. Still, when it comes to Flew’s reversal, “apart from curiosity, I don’t think it’s like a big deal.”

I guess he is just a semi-theist now.


  • el
  • pt
    1. Famous Atheist Antony Flew Now Believes in God
      Famous Atheist Now Believes in God (AP)

      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…

      Trackback by Outside The Beltway — Friday, December 10, 2024 @ 8:22 am

    2. C.S. Lewis Foe Turns to God
      The 20th Century’s two giant defenders of Christian faith–C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton–both turned to Christianity from atheism. Chesterton fought G. B. Shaw over God’s existence. C.S. Lewis fought, among others, Antony Flew.

      Trackback by Hennessy's View — Friday, December 10, 2024 @ 8:56 am

    3. Famed atheist concedes: evidence points to God
      Antony Flew now believes scientific evidence points to the existence of God. This change in his thinking is prompted by his musings on Intelligent Design arguments. Some may have never heard of Antony Flew even if they are familiar with Intelligent D…

      Trackback by Pajama Hadin — Friday, December 10, 2024 @ 8:47 pm

    4. Key fact: 81 years old.

      Just in case, you know.

      Might as well take Pascal up on his wager.

      Comment by John Lemon — Friday, December 10, 2024 @ 11:06 pm

    5. I imagine the raving atheist can’t be happy about this.

      Comment by bryan — Friday, December 10, 2024 @ 11:52 pm

    6. Leading Atheist, Antony Flew, Now Believes In God
      Well this is quite interesting. After half a century the leading atheism proponent in the world now concludes that there is/was a God. Antony Flew, 81, concludes that DNA evidence show that life was somehow engineered by a higher being….

      Trackback by Diggers Realm — Saturday, December 11, 2024 @ 1:58 am

    7. I would imagine that the raving atheist couldn’t be happy about anything.

      Comment by John Lemon — Saturday, December 11, 2024 @ 4:10 pm

    8. If indeed Flew is saying this “just in case” then he’s still got some distance to cover in his remaining time from his position (impersonal God without expectations, no afterlife, etc.) to an understanding of faith and repentance shared by his old nemisis C.S. Lewis.

      Comment by Gregg Easterbrook — Saturday, December 11, 2024 @ 8:43 pm

    9. Pascal’s wager had minimal commitment — basically belief (as it was the lowest cost option to grant unlimited benefits). No need for a belief in Charlton Heston.

      Comment by John Lemon — Sunday, December 12, 2024 @ 11:45 am

    10. Actually, John, I’ve converted to evangelical christianity and am VERY happy that all the goddamn dirty Jews and faggots are going to burn in hell.

      Comment by The Raving Atheist — Wednesday, December 15, 2024 @ 4:19 pm

    RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

    The trackback url for this post is:

    NOTE: I will delete any TrackBacks that do not actually link and refer to this post.

    Leave a comment


    Visitors Since 2/15/03

    PoliBlog is the Host site for:

    A TTLB Community


    Marketing cars
    Office Linebacker
    Baseball Shopping
    Business Phones
    Online Banking

    Powered by WordPress