Monday, August 08, 2005

The Ultimate Flip Flop

Prominent (former) atheist and philosophy professor Anthony Flew has changed his mind and says he now believes in God:

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'm thinking of a God very different from the God of the Christian and far and away from the God of Islam, because both are depicted as omnipotent Oriental despots, cosmic Saddam Husseins," he said. "It could be a person in the sense of a being that has intelligence and a purpose, I suppose."

In my opinion the concept of the existence of God is so large and unfathomable that Flew's major mistake was thinking he could figure such a thing out in the first place. If there is a God, and I believe there is, he/she/it will be unrecognizable to human intellect, and thereby undetectable. I can't fathom it either way, so I choose to believe there is a God. What's up, all-powerful one? Drop in any time.

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