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Intelligent Design evidence influences Flew2 min read

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Since Wizbang linked to the news of Dr. Anthony Flew leaving atheism behind, I thought it was safe for me to do something similar. (I was already thinking about posting it, considering our recent discussions here.)

Recently, Flew was interviewed by Dr. Gary Habermas for “Philosophia Christi.” Habermas and Flew have developed a friendship despite (or because of) their numerous debates when Flew was an atheist.

The comments by Flew are astounding and add futher weight to the side of Intelligent Design.

You can read the whole interview here, where Habermas and Flew discuss a wide range of philosophical, scientific and theological items.

While Flew is not too impressed with many philosophical arguments for the existence of God, he says he was swayed by Intelligent Design. “I think that the most impressive arguments for God’s existence are those that are supported by recent scientific discoveries.” said Flew. “I’ve never been much impressed by the kalam cosmological argument, and I don’t think it has gotten any stronger recently. However, I think the argument to Intelligent Design is enormously stronger than it was when I first met it.”

Flew also challenged the current recognized leading atheistic philosopher. “It seems to me that Richard Dawkins constantly overlooks the fact that Darwin himself, in the fourteenth chapter of The Origin of Species, pointed out that his whole argument began with a being which already possessed reproductive powers.” said Flew. “This is the creature the evolution of which a truly comprehensive theory of evolution must give some account. Darwin himself was well aware that he had not produced such an account. It now seems to me that the findings of more than fifty years of DNA research have provided materials for a new and enormously powerful argument to design.”

While Flew describes himself as a “Deist,” he said repeatedly that he is impressed with Christianity and sees evidence for much of the claims. “I am very much impressed with physicist Gerald Schroeder’s comments on Genesis 1,” said Flew. “That this biblical account might be scientifically accurate raises the possibility that it is revelation.”

While many can claim that Intelligent Design has no evidence or that only those who are already a Christian believe it, arguments for design convince more and more people, including a renowed atheist philosopher.

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