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Antony Flew

Data di nascita: 11. Febbraio 1923
Data di morte: 8. Aprile 2010

Antony Garrard Newton Flew è stato un filosofo britannico.


„L'intera faccenda di L'illusione di Dio [libro di Richard Dawkins] non era, come invece pretendeva di essere, un tentativo di scoprire e diffondere la conoscenza dell'esistenza o non esistenza di Dio, quanto piuttosto un tentativo – di estremo successo – di diffondere le convinzioni personali dell'autore.“

„[Dawkins] non cita il riferimento più importante riguardo Einstein: ovvero, che la complessità integrata del mondo della fisica lo ha condotto a credere che ci deve essere un'Intelligenza Divina dietro ad essa. (Io stesso penso che sia ovvio il fatto che se questo argomento è applicabile al mondo della fisica, allora debba essere enormemente più potente se applicato al mondo della biologia, incommensurabilmente molto più complicato).“


„L'errore di Dawkins come docente universitario (lo era ancora durante il periodo in cui ha composto quel libro sebbene abbia poi annunciato l'intenzione di ritirarsi) è stato il suo scandaloso e apparentante deliberato rifiuto di presentare la dottrina che pare abbia rifiutato nel modo più deciso.“

„Dawkins stesso sia diventato quello che lui e i suoi seguaci "laici" credono sia praticamente impossibile: diventare un laico bigotto. (La mia copia dell'Oxford Dictionary definisce un bigotto «colui che aderisce in maniera ostinata ed intollerante ad un certo punto di vista»).“

„Dawkins non è interessato alla verità in quanto tale ma ha anzitutto come primo interesse screditare il proprio avversario ideologico con qualsiasi strumento.“

„I now believe there is a God... I now think it [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 which are needed to produce life, that intelligence must have been involved in getting these extraordinarily diverse elements to work together.“

„Science spotlights three dimensions of nature that point to God. The first is the fact that nature obeys laws. The second is the dimension of life, of intelligently organized and purpose-driven beings, which arose from matter. The third is the very existence of nature. But it is not science alone that guided me. I have also been helped by a renewed study of the classical philosophical arguments.“ There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind

„If you had an equation detailing the probability of something emerging from a vacuum, you would still have to ask why that equation applies. Hawking had, in fact, noted the need for a creative factor to breathe fire into the equations.“ There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind


„we have all the evidence we need in our immediate experience and that only a deliberate refusal to “look” is responsible for atheism of any variety.“ There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind

„Prior to Flew, major apologies for atheism were those of Enlightenment thinkers (David Hume, Arthur Schopenhauer, Ludwig Feuerbach, and Friedrich Nietzsche).

Major philosophers of Flew’s generation who were atheists: W. V. O. Quine and Gilbert Ryle. But none took the step of developing book-length arguments to support their personal beliefs.

In later years, atheist philosophers who critically examined and rejected the traditional arguments for God’s existence: Paul Edwards, Wallace Matson, Kai Nielsen, Paul Kurtz, J. L. Mackie, Richard Gale, Michael Martin. But their works did not change the agenda and framework of discussion the way Flew’s innovative publications did.“
There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind

„No mainstream philosopher has developed the kind of systematic, comprehensive, original, and influential exposition of atheism that is to be found in Antony Flew’s fifty years of antitheological writings.“

„Gerald Schroeder points out that the existence of conditions favorable to life still does not explain how life itself originated. Life was able to survive only because of favorable conditions on our planet. But there is no law of nature that instructs matter to produce end-directed, self-replicating entities.“ There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind

„Generations of Humeans have… been misled into offering analyses of causation and of natural law that have been far too weak because they had no basis for accepting the existence of either cause and effect or natural laws… Hume’s scepticism about cause and effect and his agnosticism about the external world are of course jettisoned the moment he leaves his study.“

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