There Is A God

Review: There Is A God

Article by R.C. Sproul May 2008

There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind. By Antony Flew. HarperOne: New York, 2007. 222pp.

Reviewed by R.C. Sproul.
A Tale of Two Parables

“With the publication of his book, There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind, the British philosopher Antony Flew dropped a bomb on the playground of Western atheists. In this book, Antony Flew traces his lifelong pilgrimage from hardcore atheism to what he calls rational theism. His change of mind in his latter years has been greeted by jeers, hoots, and hollers from the atheistic community, claiming that the once brilliant philosopher has suddenly grown senile in order to acquiesce to claims of the reality of God. Anyone, of course, who reads this book from Antony Flew will quickly recognize that the claim of incipient senility is mere sour grapes by his present opponents who were his former comrades. Rather, his book exhibits a mind that remains brilliantly lucid and acute in its analytical thought.

I’ve titled this review, “A Tale of Two Parables.” The reason is that in the first instance, apart from the parables of Jesus found in the New Testament, I doubt if there is any parable more famous in the annals of philosophy than the famous parable devised by Anthony Flew in the middle of the twentieth century, which is referred to simply as, “Flew’s Parable.” The parable tells the story of two explorers who are hacking their way through a dense jungle when suddenly they came upon a clearing marked by a magnificent garden. The garden displays rows of perfect symmetry and a cultivation that indicates the presence of no weeds. The first explorer exclaimed his conviction that this garden obviously indicates a presence of a gardener. The two men set about their quest to discover the gardener. When no gardener appeared to tend the garden, one of the explorers argued that the appearance of this orderly garden was simply a freak of nature, and there was actually no gardener present. …… ”

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I haven’t read this book yet but it sounds interesting.


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