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Antony Flew tells what the book THERE IS A GOD is all about (Ricky Gervais talks about atheim on Piers Morgan Tonight)

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The Bible and Science (Part 01)

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Antony Flew tells what the book THERE IS A GOD: “How the world’s most notorious atheist changed his mind” is all about in the first part of the introduction from the book:

Ever since the announcement of my “conversion” to
deism, I have been asked on numerous occasions to pro-
vide an account of the factors that led me to change my
mind. In a few subsequent articles and in the new intro-
duction to the 2005 edition of my God and Philosophy, I
drew attention to recent works relevant to the ongoing dis-
cussion on God, but I did not elaborate further on my own
views. I have now been persuaded to present here what
might be called my last will and testament. In brief, as the
title says, I now believe there is a God!
The subtitle, “How the World’s Most Notorious Athe-
ist Changed His Mind,” was not my own invention. But it
is one I am happy to employ, for the invention and employ-
ment of apt yet arresting titles is for Flews something of a
family tradition. My theologian father once edited a col-
lection of essays by himself and some of his former stu-
dents and gave to this polemic paperback the paradoxical
and yet wholly appropriate and properly informative title
The Catholicity of Protestantism.In the matter of form of
presentation, if not of substantive doctrine, following his
example, I have in my time published papers with such
titles as “Do-gooders Doing No Good?” and “Is Pascal’s
Wager the Only Safe Bet?”
At the outset I should make one thing clear. When
reports of my change of mind were spread by the media
and the ubiquitous Internet, some commentators were
quick to claim that my advanced age had something to
do with my “conversion.” It has been said that fear concen-
trates the mind powerfully, and these critics had con-
cluded that expectations of an impending entrance into
the afterlife had triggered a deathbed conversion. Clearly
these people were familiar with neither my writings on
the nonexistence of an afterlife nor with my current views
on the topic. For over fifty years I have not simply denied
the existence of God, but also the existence of an afterlife.
My Gifford Lectures published as The Logic of Mortality
represent the culmination of this process of thought. This
is one area in which I have not changed my mind. Absent
special revelation, a possibility that is well represented
in this book by N. T. Wright’s contribution, I do not
think of myself “surviving” death. For the record, then, I
want to lay to rest all those rumors that have me placing
Pascalian bets.
I should point out, moreover, that this is not the first
time I “changed my mind” on a fundamental issue. Among
other things, readers who are familiar with my vigorous
defense of free markets may be surprised to learn that I
was once a Marxist (for details, see the second chapter of
this book). In addition, over two decades ago I retracted my
earlier view that all human choices are determined entirely
by physical causes.
Since this is a book about why I changed my mind
about the existence of God, an obvious question would
be what I believed before the “change” and why. The first
three chapters seek to answer this question, and the last
seven chapters describe my discovery of the Divine. In the
preparation of the last seven chapters, I was greatly helped
by discussions with Professor Richard Swinburne and Pro-
fessor Brian Leftow, the former and current occupants of
the Nolloth Chair at Oxford.
There are two appendices to the book. The first is an
analysis of the so-called new atheism of Richard Dawkins
and others by Roy Abraham Varghese. The second is an
open-ended dialogue on a topic of great interest to most
religious believers—the issue of whether there is any kind
of divine revelation in human history, with specific attention
to the claims made about Jesus of Nazareth. In the inter-
est of furthering the dialogue, the New Testament scholar
N.T. Wright, who is the present bishop of Durham, kindly
provided his assessment of the body of historical fact that
underlies Christian theists’ faith in Christ. In fact, I have to
say here that Bishop Wright presents by far the best case for
accepting Christian belief that I have ever seen.

Making Sense of Faith and Science

Uploaded on May 16, 2008

Dr. H. Fritz Schaefer confronts the assertion that one cannot believe in God and be a credible scientist. He explains that the theistic world view of Bacon, Kepler, Pascal, Boyle, Newton, Faraday and Maxwell was instrumental in the rise of modern science itself. Presented as part of the Let There be Light series. Series: Let There Be Light [5/2003] [Humanities] [Show ID: 7338]

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Discussion (1 of 3): Antony Flew, N.T. Wright, and Gary Habermas

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A discussion with Antony Flew, N.T. Wright, and Gary Habermas. This was held at Westminster Chapel March, 2008

Is Goodness Without God is Good Enough? William Lane Craig vs. Paul Kurtz

Published on Jul 29, 2013

Date: October 24, 2001
Location: Franklin & Marshall College

Christian debater: William Lane Craig
Atheist/secular humanist debater: Paul Kurtz

For William Lane Craig: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/
For Paul Kurtz: http://paulkurtz.net/
To purchase this debate: http://apps.biola.edu/apologetics-sto…
To purchase a published version of this debate:http://apps.biola.edu/apologetics-sto…

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