If you’re a Christian, even marginally, there are a certain number of tenants that you hold to. That God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, to name a few of the foundational. But one that’s been in constant debate between sacred and secular in the modern age–a dividing line, if you will–is that of God as Creator.

It fascinates me how those who operate at high levels of intellectual capacity, setting the standards for science and higher learning, often times refuse to operate by their own laws, and further, fail to acknowledge what seems so elementary to a simpleton like me. Occam’s razor, the meta-theoretical principle that the simplest solution is usually the correct one, would seem to apply when comparing a billion years of anti-entropic evolution versus intelligent design.

But all hope is not lost. During some recent research on the subject of Atheists turning to belief (of any form), a friend passed on an article to me worth quoting, concerning Anthony Flew, a leading atheist and British philosophy professor.

At age 81, after decades of insisting belief is a mistake, Antony Flew has concluded that some sort of intelligence or first cause must have created the universe. ‘A super-intelligence is the only good explanation for the origin of life and the complexity of nature,’ Flew said in a telephone interview from England.

Granted, Flew’s budding theology is on par with that of a baby Christian, looking more like deism than relational evangelical Christianity. But a step is a step. And more importantly, paves the way for other such cerebral thinkers that are nearing the end of a similar question: Shouldn’t the most logical conclusion, when asking about the origin of life, be the One that began it all?

Is this a trend? Or is Professor Flew just a senile old man that should be ignored? ch:


Nathan Petrie · 27 Mar ’10 at 6:47 pm

Seems a trend to me.
I was raised in a Christian school, home, etc. So when I was switched to public school I prepared like a crazy person for what I was sure would come–questions.

In that research you find that some of the greatest apologetic writings were penned by atheists turned Christian. And many times, it was over the course of trying to prove Christianity false. Lee Strobel to name one, This Flew as well. Even CS Lewis.

And so it seems that when comparing all the evidence Christianity, and definitely the existence of a god, comes out on top.

But yeah, I read a book called Dismantling Evolution where essentially the writer used everything evolutionists said happened and “agreed”. Then he ran through the statistics etc etc. I dunno, I was laughing the whole time.

And even a simple look at evolution and you can see it’s false.

    Christopher Hopper · 29 Mar ’10 at 8:08 am

    Ooo, I’ll have to read that book! Interesting!

Joel · 27 Mar ’10 at 8:49 pm

Just read “Icons of Evolution” by Jonathan Wells, it dismantles all of the evolutionists beliefs. Most of what is taught in textbooks today regarding evolution has already been proven false. It was interesting to hear it from a postdoctorate biologist’s point of view. Oftentimes we Christians look ignorant when we have a limited amount of knowledge concerning science and just blow it off as “anti-christian”. Science has merit, we just have to see how it lines up with the Word of God.

    Christopher Hopper · 30 Mar ’10 at 10:24 am

    I love that you are choosing to educate yourself more deeply in the issue. That’s very admirable and will only position you for greater influence in the future.

reenie · 27 Mar ’10 at 10:55 pm

I think it is sad that he just discovered this at 81 years old, Much of his life was based on HIS BELIEF that he has none. Seems to me that God has always used the simple things to confound the “wise”. So he is getting smarter in his old age- and maybe LIFE actually seems (at this time in his life) limited- where as eternal life – endless at 81 that could begin to look really good! I don’t know if I would call it a trend- I might instead call it – the harvest ! Glad that there is a turning towards God , no matter how late in life it is !!!!! PTL!

    Christopher Hopper · 30 Mar ’10 at 10:25 am

    It is sad it took so long, but some people are stubborn to anything but reason. Understandable, but still sad. I agree.

wayne thomas batson · 27 Mar ’10 at 11:04 pm

Logic. Mannn, the problem with appealing to evolutionists (or creationists for that matter) is you generally get metric tons of bias mixed in with logic. That said, Occam’s razor principle is still roundly on the side of the Christian. It still strikes me as odd that evolutionists look at common feature sets among species (whale fin, man’s hand, bird’s wing) and say, “Ah, that means they evolved from a common ancestor, necessitating billions of beneficial mutations and leaving behind billions of transitional forms (um, where are those again?) in the fossil record.” When I see common feature sets among species, I think, “Hmmm, they must have had the same artist create them.” Makes more sense to me.

    Christopher Hopper · 30 Mar ’10 at 10:25 am

    I love this point!: “When I see common feature sets among species, I think, ‘Hmmm, they must have had the same artist create them.'”

Billy.J · 28 Mar ’10 at 7:57 am

I agree with Wayne. To me, if evolutionists are so convinced that this crazy, baffling blabber is truth. Why is it so hard to believe that God made everything? I mean, if they can spend years trying to prove the craziest, dumbest theories, and still teach themselves to believe it, should accepting the simple, real truth be so hard. If you look at the earth’s history, and its inhabitants, you can see there is obviously one single creator and he is Divine. It just takes an open mind; that’s how countless evolutionists turned Christian. That’s my take. It could be a trend, if only more men finally accepted that truth, where would we be in ten years?

    Christopher Hopper · 30 Mar ’10 at 10:26 am

    I’ve often heard it said that it takes more faith to believe in evolution than it does to in intelligent design.

Madeline · 28 Mar ’10 at 2:43 pm

I’m studying Biology this year…do you know that it is absolutely scientifically impossible for DNA to add information to itself (which is what would have to happen for evolution to be true). Simple logic trumps all.

    Christopher Hopper · 30 Mar ’10 at 10:27 am

    Did not know that! Very interesting! Do you have any references for that? I’d love to do some diggin’ on it.

      Nathan Petrie · 22 Apr ’10 at 7:19 pm

      Yeah we were taught that as well. Just read up on DNA. It’s a fact that overtime DNA LOSES information, it doesn’t gain it. For example, the pigment genes that make my skin white contain the same information as a black person save it is missing a few genes. Stuff like that, very interesting 😀

Millard · 28 Mar ’10 at 2:56 pm

Mhmm…Good post.

I would say to my Christian brothers and sisters as a word of caution that Christians often walk around with mounds of Bias. I am no exception, I have heard things like “Global warming” slammed hard in churches. I am NOT purporting it, nor am I saying it exists or it does not! I am saying that we often times say, well gosh, yall evolutionists must have rocks in your heads, while we don’t always really look at science either, and go by emotions.

    Christopher Hopper · 30 Mar ’10 at 10:29 am

    I really like your attitude here. As Wayne has said, we all carry bias, and need to be cautious of it. I think your approach is really sound.

Wayne Thomas Batson · 29 Mar ’10 at 12:35 pm

Millard, good caution. We are definitely prone to bias. And worse, we tend to cast our opponents as ignorant. There are brilliant people all over this issue. All it takes is a listen to debates on the topic and you may find yourself scratching your head. But in the end, God says He gave us creation so that man is without excuse. The conclusion we all want to draw from observable evidence is that all of creation being an accident, just cannot be true. The beauty and intricacy CRY OUT for a creator. The most logical reason for this is {drumroll please} that there IS a creator.

    Nathan Petrie · 22 Apr ’10 at 7:21 pm

    What was the verse again? heaven and earth declare his glories, leaving them with no excuse. Or something like that lol

Millard · 29 Mar ’10 at 6:26 pm

I one hundred percent agree WTB.

Matt · 7 May ’10 at 11:46 am

A point that I would like to add is that evolution doesn’t explain the origin of the universe, it has never made that claim. Evolution has also never claimed to know how life began on Earth. These are still areas that scientists are exploring. Evolution, according to scientific standards, is much of a fact as the theory of gravity.

Also, I’m somewhat of a fan of a first cause argument for the creation of the universe. One can look at the Medieval philosopher Thomas Aquinas argument of the five ways. He touches upon the first cause argument and it appears to be a sound argument, but it does not necessarily follow that this first cause has to be some supernatural force. This first cause could be some natural force, such as the Big Bang Theory.

    Christopher Hopper · 7 May ’10 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the added comments, Matt. Good clarification on the origins issue.

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