June 10, 2014

In Their Own Words II: Unbelievable Complexity Shows Design

Here is another in an ongoing series of posts pointing out the absurd comments of godless men like Sam Harris and remarkably astute comments like that of the late Sir Anthony Flew. I will present Harris' murderous slight, an ironic statement from biologist Sir Peter Medowar and finally what amounts to a theological conversion of one of the most renown atheists of the 2oth century: Anthony Flew. 

First up the near homicidal zeal and vitriol of Commandant Sam Harris...
“Some beliefs are so dangerous that it may be ethical to kill people for believing them.” 
~ Sam Harris in his diatribe The End of Faith
The author Harris shows his hypocrisy of hammering faith or belief to a violent extreme while simultaneously holding a death grip on his own religion: Atheism. He clearly does not see the hypocrisy or irony in his belief that people who cling too tightly to certain beliefs warrant the death penalty. The zeal with which this guy pursues this statement could be construed as fanatical and aligned with religious fundamentalism. It can also be considered murderous. Yet...I suspect that he does not even remotely see the morbid humor or twist in his statement. Frankly, I find Harris dangerous based on this statement alone.

Next up we have Sir Peter Medowar who was pivotal in his work of tissue rejection in transplant patients. He was a Nobel Prize-winning biologist and also known as the Father of Organ Transplantation.
“That there is indeed a limit upon science is made very likely by the existence of questions that science cannot answer, and that no conceivable advance of science would empower it to answer.” 
~ Sir Peter Medowar in his book The Limits of Science
Lastly we have the former juggernaut of modern atheism Sir Anthony Flew. Nearly all of the modern atheists draw up at least some of their atheistic playbook from this guy's past mindsets and theories. Anthony Flew was an ardent atheist up until the very end of his life. This man gave theists and theologians fits-and-starts for decades including the likes of C.S. Lewis. His stance on atheism changed at the end of his life based on the evidence presented to him about genetics and DNA in the latter parts of the 20th and early parts of the 21st century. He was a man that had written more in defense of atheism and more against a belief in God than all of the modern militant atheists combined. 

By the end of his life, the need for God or the need for deity had been made clear to Flew by what the Bible calls General Revelation. Flew had finally understood from what had been shown in nature that God most likely existed.
Romans 1:20 ~ For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

His "conversion" to deism stands as one of the most powerful testimonies to the need for the existence of God or at least a super-mundane being. So much so that his old atheist colleagues now try to distance themselves from his legacy and discount his conversion as the ramblings of a senile old man that had lost his mind.

His exact quote...
"I now believe there is a God. I now think 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 are needed to produce life, that intelligence must have been involved in getting these extraordinarily diverse elements to work together.”  
~Sir Anthony Flew in There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind (2007)

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