There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind

Antony Flew is no one’s bitch. In spite of a career composed of his vocal rejection of religion, in spite of famous essays arguing the contrary, and in spite of public debates denying God’s existence, Flew has switched sides and now believes in a God. He has huge balls. I remember a few weeks ago how proud people were of Sam Harris when he took all that flack for saying nothing of consequence, but imagine multiplying Harris’ intelligence by negative 10 (because Harris actually makes people dumber), add 50 some years of dedicated atheistic work and stamp it all with your name, and you have what Antony Flew did.

In any case, the book actually isn’t that impressive. At least, if you are interested in a book that gives a detailed case of why he was an atheist and why he converted (deconverted?) you are in for a bore. Nothing much for anyone with a mediocre background in philosophy. It reads a bit like a biography- some history, some anecdotes, some surprising confessions- and finishes with a smattering of design-type arguments of shallow substance.

This isn’t to say that it is a bad book by any stretch. It simply isn’t what I expected. Further, the inclusion of a question and answer period with N.T. Wright was interesting in the way any authority on some topic should be, but seems out of place. Flew isn’t a Christian, and merely sketches his path from atheism to theism. So why N.T. Wright? Who cares, though, it was an appendix anyway. Skip it if you would find resurrection stuff boring.

Next on the list: The Last Word by Thomas Nagel.