Antony Flew quotes

  • The evidence for the resurrection is better than for claimed miracles in any other religion. It's outstandingly different in quality and quantity.
    -- Antony Flew

    #Miracle #Quality #Different

  • Science spotlights three dimensions of nature that point to God. The first is the fact that nature obeys laws. The second is the dimension of life, of intelligently organized and purpose-driven beings, which arose from matter. The third is the very existence of nature. But it is not science alone that guided me. I have also been helped by a renewed study of the classical philosophical arguments.
    -- Antony Flew

    #Philosophical #Law #Three

  • I now believe there is a God...I now think it [the evidence] does point to a creative Intelligence almost entirely because of the DNA investigations. What I think the DNA material has done is that it has shown, by the almost unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which which are needed to produce life, that intelligence must have been involved in getting these extraordinarily diverse elements to work together.
    -- Antony Flew

    #Believe #Thinking #Dna

  • I now believe that the universe was brought into existence by an infinite Intelligence. I believe that this universe's intricate laws manifest what scientists have called the Mind of God. I believe that life and reproduction originate in a divine Source. Why do I believe this, given that I expounded and defended atheism for more than a half century? The short answer is this: this is the world picture, as I see it, that has emerged from modern science.
    -- Antony Flew

    #Believe #Law #Mind

  • Although I was once sharply critical of the argument to design, I have since come to see that, when correctly formatted, this argument constitutes a persuasive case for the existence of God.
    -- Antony Flew

    #Design #Argument #Persuasive

  • If it is to be established that there is a God, then we have to have good grounds for believing that this is indeed so. Until and unless some such grounds are produced we have literally no reason at all for believing; and in that situation the only reasonable posture must be that of either the negative atheist or the agnostic. So the onus of proof has to rest on the proposition of theism.
    -- Antony Flew

    #Atheist #Believe #Atheism

  • In the ordinary, everyday understandings of the words involved, to say that someone survived death is to contradict yourself; while to assert that all of us live forever is to assert a manifest falsehood, the flat contrary of a universally known truth: namely, the truth that all human beings are mortal. For when, after some disaster, the 'dead' and the 'survivors' have both been listed, what logical space remains for a third category?
    -- Antony Flew

    #Space #Forever #Understanding

  • However far back we may be able to trace the - so to speak - internal history of the Universe, there can be no question of arguing that this or that external origin is either probable or improbable. We do not have, and we necessarily could not have, experience of other Universes to tell us that Universes, or Universes with these particular features, are the work of Gods, or of Gods of this or that particular sort.
    -- Antony Flew

    #Atheism #May #Able

  • Pascal makes no attempt in this most famous argument to show that his Roman Catholicism is true or probably true. The reasons which he suggests for making the recommended bet on his particular faith are reasons in the sense of motives rather than reasons in the sense of grounds. Conceding, if only for the sake of the present argument, that we can have no knowledge here, Pascal tries to justify as prudent a policy of systematic self-persuasion, rather than to provide grounds for thinking that the beliefs recommended are actually true.
    -- Antony Flew

    #Thinking #Self #Atheism

  • You cannot ... transmute some incoherent mixture of words into sense merely by introducing the three-letter word "God" to be its grammatical subject.
    -- Antony Flew

    #Atheism #Three #Mixtures

  • Someone tells us that God loves us as a father loves his children. We are reassured. But then something awful happens. Some qualification is made.... We are reassured again. But then perhaps we ask: what is this assurance of God's (appropriately qualified) love worth, what is this apparent guarantee really a guarantee against? Just what would have to happen not merely (morally and wrongly) to tempt but also (logically and rightly) to entitle us to say "God does not love us" or even "God does not exist"?
    -- Antony Flew

    #Children #Father #Atheism

  • My one and only piece of relevant evidence [for an Aristotelian God] is the apparent impossibility of providing a naturalistic theory of the origin from DNA of the first reproducing species ... [In fact] the only reason which I have for beginning to think of believing in a First Cause god is the impossibility of providing a naturalistic account of the origin of the first reproducing organisms.
    -- Antony Flew

    #Believe #Thinking #Dna

  • So multiverse or not, we still have to come to terms with the origin of the laws of nature. And the only viable explanation here is the divine Mind.
    -- Antony Flew

    #Law #Mind #Divine

  • Flew 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'.
    -- Antony Flew

    #Dna #Research #Flew

  • It has become inordinately difficult even to begin to think about constructing a naturalistic theory of the evolution of that first reproducing organism,
    -- Antony Flew

    #Thinking #Firsts #Evolution

  • I’m thinking of a God very different from the God of the Christian and far and away from the God of Islam, because both are depicted as omnipotent Oriental despots, cosmic Saddam Husseins,
    -- Antony Flew

    #Christian #Thinking #Islam

  • What would have to occur or to have occurred to constitute for you a disproof of the love of, or the existence of, God?
    -- Antony Flew

    #Existence #Existence Of God

  • 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.
    -- Antony Flew

    #Powerful #Dna #Years

  • Now, if anything at all can be known to be wrong, it seems to me to be unshakably certain that it would be wrong to make any sentient being suffer eternally for any offence whatever.
    -- Antony Flew

    #Suffering #Atheism #Would Be

  • The Koran calls for belief and consequent obedience. It is, surely, calculated to inspire fear, indeed abject terror, rather than love.
    -- Antony Flew

    #Love Is #Inspire #Islam