Flew obituaries

Obituaries for Antony Flew: Times, Telegraph.

Perhaps I shouldn’t speak ill of the dead and all that, but I remain pissed off at the support the doddering Flew lent to a transparently naive form of the “intelligent design” argument.

About Taner Edis

Professor of physics at Truman State University

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09565179884099473943 The Uncredible Hallq

    Don't be mad at Flew–be mad at the Christian sleazeballs who made the decision to exploit him as a propaganda tool in his old age.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10778996187937943820 Taner Edis

    Hallq: be mad at the Christian sleazeballs

    Good point.

    Still, I expect that it will be many years yet before I stop having occasion to roll my eyes when reading something about how Flew ended up supporting intelligent design.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05211466026535549638 Bradley Bowen

    Antony Flew was a great philosopher of religion, and an excellent model for atheist philosophers to follow.

    His gentle and well-informed approach to criticism of religious belief provides a wonderful contrast to the ignorant philosophy-and-theology bashing of Dawkins.

    Flew is still my hero, even if he did fall short on his evaluation of the intelligent design arguments.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09565179884099473943 The Uncredible Hallq


    People are still doing that? I guess I'm just lucky not to have seen it in my corner of the worldwide religion debates. But if you're seeing it, I'd just get used to explaining that (1) Flew didn't write the book put out under his name (2) the quality of the arguments in are obviously (to anyone with some understanding of philosophy) inferior to those of Flew's prior work (3) the Christians who pulled that stunt are sleazeballs. Say it until people get it.

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