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Antony Flew's Deism Revisited


Back to Article[1]. Paul Kurtz, foreword to God and Philosophy, by Antony Flew (Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2005), 6.

Back to Article[2]. Ibid., 6 - 7.

Back to Article[3]. Antony Flew, God and Philosophy (Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2005), 10 - 16.

Back to Article[4]. Examples include the Associated Press, "There Is a God, Leading Atheist Concludes," December 9, 2004; David Roach, "Famed Atheist Sees Evidence for God, Cites Recent Discoveries," BP News, December 13, 2004; David Roach, "Atheist's Turn Toward God Was a Four-Year Process, Friend Says," BP News, December 22, 2004; Gene Edward Veith, "Flew the Coup," World Magazine, 2004; mention was also made in columns such as "Quotables" and "The Buzz," both from World Magazine, 2004.

Back to Article[5]. Antony Flew and Gary Habermas, "My Pilgrimage from Atheism to Theism: A Discussion between Antony Flew and Gary Habermas," Philosophia Christi 6 (2004): 197 - 211.

Back to Article[6]. James A. Beverly, "Thinking Straighter," Christianity Today, April 2005, 80 - 3

Back to Article[7]. In our discussion for Philosophia Christi, I asked Tony which term he preferred. Tony was convinced that "theism" was the better word for the article, even if less accurate, because he thought that the nuances of "deism" were not well known and would raise too many definitional issues. But it turned out that "deism" was well received, hence its more accurate use in this article.

Back to Article[8]. For some details, see Flew and Habermas, "My Pilgrimage from Atheism to Theism," 208 - 11.

Back to Article[9]. The page numbers cited in the text of this article are from the bound but not finally corrected proofs of the book.

Back to Article[10]. Varghese is a long-time philosophical and scientific conference organizer, editor, and winner of a 1996 Templeton Book Prize for Outstanding Books in Science and Natural Theology.

Back to Article[11]. A. J. Ayer, Language, Truth, and Logic (New York: Dover, 1946). In the introduction to this later edition of the 1936 work, Ayer acknowledges that the assault on the verification principle succeeded in pointing out some flaws in the concept (5 - 26).

Back to Article[12]. Antony Flew, "Theology and Falsification: A Golden Jubilee Celebration," Philosophy Now, October/November 2000, 28.

Back to Article[13]. Antony Flew, "From Atheism to Deism: A Conversation between Antony Flew and Gary Habermas," in C. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, ed. Jerry L. Walls, David Baggett, and Gary Habermas (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2008).

Back to Article[14]. Antony Flew in discussion with the author, October 3, 2007.

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