Antony Flew's "There is a God" Defended by Flew's Own Letters
A couple of years ago, famed atheist Antony Flew announced that he had abandoned his atheism. His book describing that process was pounced on by critics insisting that Christians had twisted the book around to suit their own interests. Letters from Flew to a Christian in America shed invaluable light on the question. These letters have recently been made available in an e-book.
(PRWEB) November 04, 2012
Dr. Antony Flew, hailed as the world's most influential philosophical atheist, abandoned atheism in the years leading up to his death, sending shock waves throughout religious and philosophical communities. He detailed his journey from atheism to belief in a book that critics contend Christians have corrupted to further their own interests. Critics claim that Dr. Flew lost his faculties due to old age and that the book and its arguments were fabricated by a Christian apologist, that is, a defender of the Christian faith.
Dr. Flew, who died in 2010, was the foremost advocate for atheism for nearly five decades, taking on such stalwarts of faith as C.S. Lewis, another famous atheist-turned-Christian whom Flew termed "by far the most powerful of Christian apologists for the sixty or more years following his founding of [the Socratic Club]." Having yet another atheist apologist convert deals a stinging blow to the atheist cause. To this day, the attempt to marginalize Dr. Flew and his conversion rages on.
Did Dr. Flew really give up his atheism after he'd lost his mind? Enter Anthony Horvath, an author and apologist and executive director of Athanatos Christian Ministries. Long before it was even known that Flew would be releasing a book explaining his 'conversion,' Horvath had been in written correspondence with Dr. Flew. In the letters, Flew speaks openly about the forthcoming book, what it would be about, and the points it would make. Horvath's letters conclusively show that many of the examples insinuated to be fabrications of the Christian co-author, Roy Varghese, truly were Dr. Flew's own arguments and illustrations.
Since the letters are in Flew's own handwriting, there is no doubt that the letters represent the real views of Antony Flew.
In the letters, Flew speaks openly about the forthcoming book, what it would be about, and the points it would make. Horvath's letters conclusively show that many of the examples insinuated to be fabrications of co-authors truly were Dr. Flew's own arguments and illustrations. They are a devastating rebuttal to atheist attacks.
Horvath, who posted a review of Flew's book on his blog, has made the letters available in an e-book to set the record straight. He says, "Atheists may not like the fact that a longtime ally deserted them, but that doesn't mean sanity deserted the ally. Follow the evidence; don't denigrate the man."
The most serious charge made was that Flew was unaware of just how much of the book would be written by the co-author, but in one of the letters he writes, “What this book will also contain is a great deal, indeed by far the larger part from Christian writers.”
Horvath argues, "Pretty much every description of his book given to me by Dr. Flew himself in his letters to me matches up with what came out in the book. It is reasonable to give the rest of the book the benefit of the doubt. If Varghese got these points right, he likely got the rest right, as well."
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