This was co-written by Roy Abraham Varghese, but many critics claim that Varghese was the main author.
Flew claimed that Varghese was technically the author in the sense that he contructed the book and composed its sections, but he held to the end that the book properly summarised his own conversion from atheism to deism.
In the end, we took the decision not to broadcast this interview.
On Sunday morning, when we consider the life and legacy of Antony Flew, I'll explain why.
Philosophy of religion involves all the main areas of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, value theory (including moral theory and applied ethics), philosophy of language, science, history, politics, art, and so on.
Section 1 offers an overview of the field and its significance, with subsequent sections covering developments in the field since the mid-twentieth century.It may affect the public's attitude to belief, but that is a presentational issue, not a philosophical one.The rational persuasiveness of an argument is not determined by the status of the people advancing the argument -- not unless you are attracted to the Fallacy of Authority.In 2006, he even added his name to a petition calling for the inclusion of intelligent design theory on the UK science curriculum.In a recent reprinting of God and Philosophy, Flew added a new introduction in which he described the book as "an historical relic" and set out a number of considerations which, he held, undermined the force of that book's case.I was saddened to learn of the death, at the age of 87, of the philosopher Antony Flew, who was one of the 20th century's most significant contributors to the philosophical debate about belief in God. He wrote books as often as others wrote essays; he published papers as often as others wrote reviews.I saw him lecture a few times in the late 90s and he was one of the most engaging and animated speakers I've ever heard.In recent years, Flew's fame was globalised by the news that he had changed his mind about belief in God.There were enticing news stories suggesting that one of the world's leading atheists had now become a Christian, and counter-claims of a philosophical abduction of an old man with dwindling intellectual capacities by Christian apologists.He did not believe that this "being" had any further agency in the universe, and he maintained his opposition to the vast majority of doctrinal positions adopted by the global faiths, such as belief in the after-life, or a divine being who actively cares for or loves the universe, or the resurrection of Christ, and argued for the idea of an "Aristotelian God".He explained that he, like Socrates, had simply followed the evidence, and the new evidence from science and natural theology made it possible to rationally advance belief in an intelligent being who ordered the universe.