Antony Flew


I don’t know where I’ve been hiding but I’ve only just heard about Antony Flew’s death.  He passed away April 8, aged 87.

 If it is to be established that there is a God, then we have to have good grounds for believing that this is indeed so. Until and unless some such grounds are produced we have literally no reason at all for believing; and in that situation the only reasonable posture must be that of either the negative atheist or the agnostic. So the onus of proof has to rest on the proposition [of theism].

— Antony Flew, “The Presumption of Atheism”

 You cannot … transmute some incoherent mixture of words into sense merely by introducing the three-letter word “God” to be its grammatical subject.

— Antony Flew, “How to Think Straight”

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