Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Anthony Flew

Professor Antony Flew, the rationalist philosopher who died on April 8 aged 87, was one of the best-known atheists of his generation until, in 2004, he dramatically changed his mind.

Flew didn't fit nicely into standard Christian categories. He concluded that research into DNA had "shown, by the almost unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which are needed to produce life, that intelligence must have been involved". Moreover, though he accepted Darwinian evolution, he felt that it could not explain the beginnings of life. "I have been persuaded that it is simply out of the question that the first living matter evolved out of dead matter and then developed into an extraordinarily complicated creature".

Flew wrote over 20 books on philosophy. And he has a Canadian connection. He taught part-time at York for 3 years in the 1980's.

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