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There Is a God

By: Antony Flew,Roy Abraham Varghese - contributor
Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
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In There Is a God, one of the world's preeminent atheists discloses how his commitment to "follow the argument wherever it leads" led him to a belief in God as Creator. This is a compelling and refreshingly open-minded argument that will forever change the atheism debate.

©2007 Antony Flew (P)2020 eChristian

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Disappointing

To be fair, I'm an atheist who's well read in biology and science but not in philosophy, so it's possible greater understanding of this field would make his arguments more convincing. I was hoping that, as a former atheist, Flew would present a more nuanced and advanced argument for the existence of a god than most apologists, which would address some of the strongest atheist counterpoints. Instead, his arguments seem strangely elementary for someone who supposedly made a career out of said atheism.

For example, he debunks the famous analogy of monkeys and typewriters by stating that there cannot be enough time or monkeys in the universe to ever produce a Shakespearean sonnet in one step. As you and I know, atheists have been well aware of this for half a century. Instead of addressing and trying to debunk the argument for a very gradual series of simple and cumulative steps preserved through natural selection, he seems either not to know about this idea or to pretend he doesn't.

He also briefly criticizes Dawkins' "The Selfish Gene" by arguing that genes are not conscious agents, and therefore cannot be selfish. it took me a minute to realize he was being serious.

One thing I do appreciate about this book is that Flew makes it clear that he is only explaining his own journey toward theism, not trying to convert the reader. I think leaving out his credibility-undermining "hard science" arguments and sticking only to philosophy would have strengthened his case.

The narration is excellent and audio is crisp and clear. no complaints there.

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Beautiful and Clear Presentation of Reasoned Argument to God

Clear, thoughtful and beautifully presented arguments lead to a proof of God’s existence. Arguments and an analysis of counter arguments are thorough and beautifully presented in a progression that it intuitive and well written making it easy to follow and a pleasure to read.

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very interesting

really appreciated Flew's ability not only to listen and object to the other side (Theist) but more than anything his willingness to look at the evidence and be brave enough to change his stance after 60 years. I understand that he never confesses to a God of revelation but it really seems like he was well on the path to accpeing Jesus as his Lord and savior - really hope that is the case.

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Enlightening and Enjoyable

The narrator is excellent - it's actually kind of a brain massage to have reasonable arguments spoken in an English accent with so much confidence and clarity, which is a really important trait in an audiobook. That being said, it took several listens for me to understand the arguments made for Flew's change of mind. It is most interesting that Flew absorbed the same kind of "God" of universal laws that Einstein believed in, yet went further based on his impressions that cellular complexity and consciousness demanded an intelligence beyond what evolution could explain.

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Easy to listen to & follow.

This is a very relatable explanation of Flew's reasons for conversion from atheism to belief. Very logically sound and easy to follow along with.

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Excellent book with phenomenal logic & great VO

A phenomenal short book that just obliterates so many standard atheist talking points. anyone who is questioning their position should read this book.

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  • K
  • 02-17-20

nothing groundbreaking if you follow the debate.

he followed the evidence wherever it led.
book is a personal account. could be expanded in more detail but would be harded for a popular book

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  • 10-15-21

Flew's ideas hijacked by a christian apologist

I'm not convinced this book was actually written by Flew as he stated on his 'conversion' that he now believed in a form of deism; that an intelligence created the universe and then let it play out. So why is this booked heavily leaning towards Christianity, even including a chapter on the resurrection?
This could have been a quick half hour listen as it contains no new arguments for the existence of a god and no credible evidence at all.
The narrator over enunciates every word which just became annoying.
Even on 1.4x playback I found it dull, repetitive and boring

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  • Trisha
  • 01-08-21

Pleasant voice to listen to.

An honest and interesting account by Anthony Flew. The interesting appendix at the end by NT Wright is very helpful in summing up many thoughts throughout the last part of the book around the historical Jesus.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-20

The last Word

The last chapter where Jonathan Cowley narrates the arguments of NT Wright about the historic Jesus… is a case of strange logical juxtapositions. I have personally met a number of Iranians who had visitations in Iran of a man dressed in white who came in the early morning hours to visit them in their rooms and to heal them of diseases they were dying of. These are individuals who had to leave Iran or suffer the consequences of speaking about Jesus to their families. To hear NT Wrights distilling of decades of dedicated study, to life so plainly the fact that Jesus actually was undoubtably a historic figure and that the resurrection is one historic fact of his extraordinary life.
I’ve listened to the book a few times now but to the last chapter probably a dozen… Thank you Anthony for this great document about your journey.
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  • Bo
  • 03-28-20

a Gear Turner.

I really liked this. as I continue the journey of the meaning of life it helps me to think about every option and follow the argument where it leads. worth a read for theists and atheists alike.