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There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind

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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 w
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Published October 23rd 2007 by HarperOne (first published 2007)
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Excellent. Awesome. Brilliant. Magnificent!!
This book is much better than I expected, and it's very important - not because it supports the existence of God, but because it encourages rational thinking.
Antony Flew inspired me. His story can be summarized:
Born Christian -- Skeptic Christian -- Atheist -- Skeptic Atheist -- Believer.

In his journey, Flew followed the Socratic principle: “We must follow the argument wherever it leads.” And the argument led him through so many deep and dark caves o
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David
Mar 05, 2009 rated it did not like it
On the face of it, this is a provocative and interesting book. Flew is a British philosopher, noted for numerous books proclaiming an atheist worldview, who in 2004 startled the intellectual world by announcing that he has changed his mind and is now a religious believer.

Some of Flew's points are well taken, for example his analysis of the ongoing debate over the "multiverse" and big bang cosmology. For those of you who are not familiar with this, many scientists are currently perplexed by numer
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Ross Blocher
Jun 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
I was raised a Christian, and was a very ardent church member and proponent of my faith up until the age of 21. In the 9 years since my "apostasy", I have continued to read books on both sides of the God debate. I have endeavored to follow the evidence where it leads, as the author of this book, Antony Flew, has asserted for himself. It was then of interest to me that a well-known atheist such as Flew should claim to now believe in God. This announcement was a hot topic a few years back (prior t ...more
Alex J. O'Connor
Flew is at times quite self-indulgent, but there is a certain humility in how casually he seems to change his mind based on new arguments. I expected more of a narrative following his conversion to deism, but instead was met with a broad overview of arguments for God's existence that largely emerged or have been buttressed by new scientific information from the late twentieth century.

Flew was obviously quite impressed with big bang cosmology and the complexity of genetics (as we all should be),
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Shaimaa Ali
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In "There's a God", Flew takes us in an intellectual journey searching for God. Starting with Plato's logic ( We must follow the argument wherever it leads), he managed to compare new Science discoveries & late scientists' opinions like "Einstein, Hawking ..etc" to old philosophers (mainly Russell & Spinoza), and also to attack famous atheists like "Dawkins". He managed to review his own beliefs and came to a new radical conclusion on his question of: God, "superior mind," "Illimitable superior ...more
Rob Springer
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the big questions.
Anthony Flew was one of the philosophical fountainheads of much of the atheist thinking of the 20th century. When he announced he had decided the best evidence and argument no longer supported that position, that he in fact had become a deist, atheist believers were shocked. They assumed that this was a late-age deathbed conversion.

Flew begins his book by disposing of that notion. What led him to accept that the existence of God (an omniscient, omnipotent, creator being) was the same thing that
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Jessaka
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy, religion
Anthony Flew was a renowned atheist that had written more than 30 books about the subject of atheism. It appears that his books influenced atheists greatly. In the meantime, in the last several years, we have had a new breed of atheists. Some call them new atheists, others, militant atheists. When Flew announced that he now believed in God, he was attacked. The new atheists thought that he had flipped his wig in his old age. Like some Christians, the new atheists were like pit bulls. The need to ...more
Muhammad Askar
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The book is in three sections. Each section is like a time-lapse view at a portion of this incredible man's life. I found it amazing that this great British philosopher managed in his book to both profoundly analyze, and easily portray his thoughts and beliefs in each section of the book.

He has an amazing ability to analyze inputs and thoughts and how they originate, develop and culminate into a final 'belief'. Temporary as they may have been; all his beliefs, as the book states, resulted out of
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Rich
Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
For more than 50 years atheists turned to the writings of Antony Flew, a British philosopher. Flew first came to fame with the essay, Theology and Falsification, which he presented at the C.S. Lewis chaired Socratic Society at Oxford.

He spent the next 50 years as an atheist, but he always added the caveat: I'll follow where the evidence leads. In 2004, at a conference on atheism in New York City, Flew dropped a bombshell: He had finally rejected atheism, and was now a believer in God.

(He's not
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Jamey
Mar 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Once in a while I read yet another book by a sophisticated thinker on the issue of whether a God exists. Often it turns out that there's also a chapter on the alleged "resurrection" of Jesus; this always feels like a betrayal, as well as an admission that the main driver of the argument has actually been magical thinking all along.

I'm aware that many brilliant and honest people over the past 18 centuries have claimed to believe that this fellow Jesus was dead for three days and then became aliv
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Ghayeth   Ersheidat
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-feed
"It's time for me to lay my cards on the table, to set out my own views and the reasons that supports them. i do believe that the universe was brought into existence by an infinite intelligence. I believe that this universe intricate laws manifest what scientists have called The Mind Of GOD"

Flew's journey of discovery in finding God was not just based on pure reasoning, but also on following the arguments wherever they'd led.

as Flew says in his book " Such discovery of the Divine does not come
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Terri Lynn
As an Atheist, I was never impressed with Antony Flew even when he claimed to be one too. He always struck me as being sort of egomaniac and all around lightweight idiot and I wished the Christians had him then low and behold- brothers and sisters, we have a miracle here!- they did!

No, there is still not a god nor any goddesses, and Flew presents exactly 0 proof of one. Flew grew up in a religious family that brainwashed him into believing christian mythology but when he grew up and got some
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Sharon Barrow Wilfong
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Philospher and former atheist Antony Flew set the agenda for modern atheism with his 1950 essay "Theology and Falsification" ...in his commitment to "follow the argument wherever it leads" led him to a belief in God as Creator. (From the back of the book)

I had heard of Flew a number years ago because of his radical turn from atheism to deism in his eighties. I love to hear people's arguments as to how they arrive at conclusions and this book does not disappoint. Imminently readable and coherent,
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Glenn Myers
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable, brief ramble from the former to the probably final state of philosopher Antony Flew's thinking, particularly about God, and including how he changed his mind from atheism to Deism. It is bookended by a lengthy introduction and an appendix by the actual writer of the book, Roy Abraham Varghese, and another by the biblical scholar of the hour, Tom, or NT, Wright. Flew took care to write, and personally sign, his own introduction.

Here's a quote, cue unreasoned, buttock-clenching joy from
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♥ Ibrahim ♥
If this is the great philosopher's book, what is Roy Abraham Varghese doing giving Antony Flew such a vitriolic preface? I didn't like the guy as he sounds like a ticked-off Christian who is all up in arms for those "atheist infidels". The author says in the introduction that in the last seven chapters he was greatly helped by Richard Swinburne and Brian Leftow. Who is helping who? Isn't this Antony Flew's book or he is leaving for every Tom, Dick and Harry to add in his two cents worth?! And wh ...more
S.L. Surovec
Jun 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Possibly one of the biggest loads of crap the fundamentalists have attempted to shovel at us since Prop. 8. How sad that they have to invent someone who never was really an atheist to begin with, much less the "world's most notorious atheist" (considering that most freethinkers would classify Dawkins or Hitchens as such) in order to "prove" their point. Then again, they're quite good at crafting imaginary beings to defend their point of view, so it's not such a surprise after all; just incredibl ...more
Ali Reda
In The Presumption of Atheism and other atheistic writings, Flew argued that we must take the universe itself and its most fundamental laws as themselves ultimate. Every system of explanation must start somewhere, and this starting point itself cannot be explained by the system. So, inevitably, all such systems include at least some fundamentals that are not themselves explained. This is a consequence following from the essential nature of explanations of why something that is in fact the case, ...more
Mohammed Algarawi
Dec 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Although I believe in God, I believe that there isn't an absolute clear conclusive evidence of his existence. People, whether atheists or believers agree that there's a reason/truth/cause for our existence or our perception to this world, but everyone has their own interpretation of that truth. Aside from all that, I don't believe that the burden of the proof should be on those who say that there is a God, or those who say that there isn't. I believe that every person is entitled to their own be ...more
Alan
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apologetics
Flew is truly a man who is courageous enough to change his position after a very long career in philosophy as an outspoken atheist. This book can be used as inspiration to unbelievers who aren't willing to honestly approach the evidence for the existence of God. After all, if Flew can convert to theism from atheism...any atheist can. ...more
Yomna Sherif
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I have found real toughness in getting along with that book's language and philosophy. As a matter of fact, I consider myself new to this whole reading experience, but my curiosity took me to this book. Although I had an unexplained weird journey while reading it, I enjoyed the thoughts it brought to me.

First of all, the dictionary and google search didn't leave my side while reading as to me there was a huge difficulty in getting every phrase in the right way. And I don't have to mention how ma
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Firas Ghomraoui
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Follow the evidence wherever it leads" -Socrates
And follow he did. For more than half a century, the author has been a steadfast champion of athiesm and a sour critic of belief, only to appear yet again with a concrete, scientifically-based conclusion: There is a God.
How so? The author eloquently answers this question (and many others), tackling one at a time. From reflecting back on previous debates with theists, down to criticizing the (I would like to call "supremacist" and "arrogant") menta
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Sarah
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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There is a God
by Antony Flew
In There Is a God, one of the world's preeminent atheists discloses how his commitment to "follow the argument wherever it leads" led him to a belief in God as Creator.
A person who changed his mind after more than 60 years of atheism to be a theist
The book explained how a leading atheist believed in God ,more or less,based on scientific evidence.
He showed how the atheists nowadays try to deceive people by there fake theories and how they elude from many problems and
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Joshua
Jul 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
The fact that the author wrote a whole book on this topic means he recognizes it's an interesting, important question. However, 70+% of the book is devoted to the author's background and credentials and the opinions (in some cases, clearly quote-mined, even while they accuse others of doing the same thing) of others.

Let's get to the actual argument, huh? However, the "big reveal", the kernel of the argument, is a fairly standard "argument from design", with a very strange pivot. The author is c
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Salma
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
former atheist "antony flew" puts forward his theistic arguments that proves modern scientific
hypotheses invalid.
"There's a god" introduces the early life of the son of a priest who was -supposedly- brought up
in a religious family but then converted to atheism in his teens and never revealed his reality
at that time. in his book, flew outlines the reasons behind his atheism and his contributions in the field of theology and philosophy then his gradual change towards deism. Flew died in 2010 s
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Vam_xxx1
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
actually one of the best books i have ever read, the brilliance of it, that antony flew represents a truth seeker, who is following the argument wherever it leads him, which is i believe, the most important concept that this books displays, how to be able to change ur ideas , ur beliefs , if u were able to find that they were not right, i think its an absolute joy to seek for the truth with this spirit, and this books travels along that journey of flew.
يوسف بوحايك
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was a clear book and a brave one from one of the most notorious atheist, he has tried to answer the atheism and the existence's questions and gaps, his answers was a bit superficial and not very deep, I liked his objectivity and his credibility, but the subject still complicated and need more details and more scientific facts.. ...more
Bryant Rudisill
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Atheist-turned-Deist, Antony Flew, provides us with an excellent overview of his life and work and "conversion" to Deism. Much can be appreciated about this work:

(1) Readability is key and those interested will find Flew accessible. He presents a clear synopsis of his present beliefs without becoming bogged down in details or linguistic precision that would not have fit well with the scope of the book.

(2) Part 1, comprising three chapters, expound Flew's life and early belief. In many popular re
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Al Bità
Oct 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book is presented as a triumph against atheists and atheism. The main thrust of (apparently) prominent ex-atheist Flew for his argument is to re-present old 'proofs' for the existence of god which have not really sustained criticism over the years, together with a more recent attempt deriving from the field of quantum mechanics — a stance enamoured by those scientists who want to believe at least in some 'mind' to explain their mathematically defined quantum universe. Such a 'mind', of cour ...more
Tyler Clark
Overall, a rather passé re-hashing of the God of the gaps argument. Flew has written some notable anti-theist works in the past, including "God and Philosophy" and "An Introduction to Western Philosophy." This book is on par with those works: intensely, uncommonly and exceptionally mediocre.

Flew demonstrates a profound mischaracterisation of Darwin, and is way out of his league discussing biology. The book has a delightful and scandalous treatment of some of Richard Dawkins's work, which I susp
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Clark Goble
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
The subtitle of this book bills author Antony Flew as the “World’s Most Notorious Atheist.” I wondered as I stumbled upon this title at my local library if this was an overstatement designed to sell books or if Mr. Flew was indeed well known amongst atheists. I will admit that I had never heard of him prior to this reading. A quick google search managed to convince me that the author was, in fact, well known.

Flew certainly has good academic credentials. He has taught Philosophy at several univer
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Antony Garrard Newton Flew (11 February 1923 – 8 April 2010) was a British philosopher. Belonging to the analytic and evidentialist schools of thought, he was notable for his works on the philosophy of religion.

Flew was a strong advocate of atheism, arguing that one should presuppose atheism until empirical evidence of a God surfaces. He also criticised the idea of life after death, the free will
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