June 23, 2008

[Book] "There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind"

There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind
By: Anthony Flew
HarperOne / 2007 / Hardcover

Book Description:
In one of the biggest religion news stories of the new millennium, the Associated Press announced that Professor Antony Flew, the world's leading atheist, now believes in God.
Flew is a pioneer for modern atheism. His famous paper, Theology and Falsification, was first presented at a meeting of the Oxford Socratic Club chaired by C. S. Lewis and went on to become the most widely reprinted philosophical publication of the last five decades. Flew earned his fame by arguing that one should presuppose atheism until evidence of a God surfaces. He now believes that such evidence exists, and There Is a God chronicles his journey from staunch atheism to believer.
For the first time, this book will present a detailed and fascinating account of Flew's riveting decision to revoke his previous beliefs and argue for the existence of God. Ever since Flew's announcement, there has been great debate among atheists and believers alike about what exactly this "conversion" means. There Is a God will finally put this debate to rest.
This is a story of a brilliant mind and reasoned thinker, and where his lifelong intellectual pursuit eventually led him: belief in God as designer.

Publisher's Weekly:
British philosopher Flew has long been something of an evangelist for atheism, debating theologians and pastors in front of enormous crowds. In 2004, breathless news reports announced that the nonagenarian had changed his mind. This book tells why. Ironically, his arguments about the absurdity of God-talk launched a revival of philosophical theists, some of whom, like Alvin Plantinga and Richard Swinburne, were important in Flew’s recent conversion to theism. Breakthroughs in science, especially cosmology, also played a part: if the speed or mass of the electron were off just a little, no life could have evolved on this planet. Perhaps the arrogance of the “New Atheists” also emboldened him, as Flew taunts them for failing to live up to the greatness of atheists of yore. The book concludes with an appendix by New Testament scholar and Anglican bishop N.T. Wright, arguing for the coherence of Christian belief in the resurrection. Flew praises Wright, though he maintains some distance still from orthodox Christianity. The book will be most avidly embraced by traditional theists seeking argumentative ammunition. It sometimes disappoints: quoting other authorities at length, citing religion-friendly scientists for pages at a time and belaboring side issues, like the claim that Einstein was really a religious believer of sorts. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Customer Reviews:
Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars(4.5 out of 5 stars), 2 of 2 Reviews Showing:

4 out of 5 stars,
Reviewed by John Cronin (Rosedale, NY), January 22, 2008
An interesting read by one of the most famous atheists of the 20th century. While I disagree with the stated contention that Flew had more of an impact than anyone else on the question of God, he certainly is a man who "follows the evidence wherever it may lead."
5 out of 5 stars,Reviewed by M. Renfro (Melbourne, FL), December 28, 2007

WOW! Prompted by the need to research what the "other side" was thinking and saying this book was suggested to me. In one book by a supreme authority (in this field) you get both sides of the argument. Highly philosophical it is sometimes a bit hard to absorb but well worth the effort. A must for your thinking atheist friends.

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