Antony Flew did not make a public profession of faith in Christ but will his conversion from atheism to theism have an impact?

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Jesus’ Resurrection: Atheist, Antony Flew, and Theist, Gary Habermas, Dialogue

Published on Apr 7, 2012

http://www.veritas.org/talks – Did Jesus die, was he buried, and what happened afterward? Join legendary atheist Antony Flew and Christian historian and apologist Gary Habermas in a discussion about the facts surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Join the third and final debate between Flew and Habermas, one that took place shortly before Flew admitted there might be a God, just before his death.

Over the past two decades, The Veritas Forum has been hosting vibrant discussions on life’s hardest questions and engaging the world’s leading colleges and universities with Christian perspectives and the relevance of Jesus. Learn more at http://www.veritas.org, with upcoming events and over 600 pieces of media on topics including science, philosophy, music, business, medicine, and more!

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The God Debate II: Harris vs. Craig

Uploaded on Apr 12, 2011

The second annual God Debate features atheist neuroscientist Sam Harris and Evangelical Christian apologist William Lane Craig as they debate the topic: “Is Good From God?” The debate was sponsored in large part by the Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters: The Henkels Lecturer Series, The Center for Philosophy of Religion and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

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Antony Flew did not make a public profession of faith in Christ but will his conversion from atheism to theism have an impact? Many students even today are studying the classical arguments for and against the existence of God and when they come to the contributions of Antony Flew they will also not that he abandoned his atheism when he was 81 years old. That impact will be great indeed!!!

Abraham Varghese, who had organized philosophical symposia since 1985, at most of which Flew made the case for atheism, describes the significance of his 2004 change of mind thus:

It is not too much to say that within the last hundred years, no mainstream philosopher has developed the kind of systematic, comprehensive, original, and influential exposition of atheism that is to be found in Antony Flew’s fifty years of antitheological writings.

When the famous atheist philosopher Antony Flew became a theist a few years back, the news was met by mixed reactions by Christians.  Some haled it as a good thing; others are not so sure or think possibly it’s not good since he didn’t become a Christian.  One of these skeptics asked me about my opinion the other night.  Why have so many Christians been excited about Flew’s “conversion” since he didn’t become a Christian?

Certainly, mere theism isn’t enough to be reconciled to God through Jesus.  However, I still think it is a good think that Flew has made this move.  First, I think that it shows the power of  good arguments.  When a life-long atheist and world-class intellectual can be persuaded, that showsthat Christians have the rational goods.  God makes sense and relationship with Him doesn’t require sacrificing one’s intellect, which is a stumbling block for some people who have the opposite impression.  Second, theism over atheism is progress because now Flew has a belief and a concept of God that can be shaped and informed to become more accurate and true.

Becoming a Christian is rarely done in one fell swoop of belief and assent.  It usually takes time to consider the information and for the Holy Spirit to work.  We need to be willing to meet people where they are and take the time necessary to introduce them to the God of salvation.

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Melinda Penner


Melinda graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska with her B.S. in Education, and then earned a B.A. in theology from Christ College in Irvine, CA. She also completed her M.A. in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Talbot School of Theology. She taught middle school in Christian schools until founding Stand to Reason with Greg.  She is the executive director of Stand to Reason.

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