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Anthony Flew

Tim, I wouldn’t read too much into that story about the conversion of Professor Flew. The concept of a “leading” British atheist is pretty meaningless. The average Brit tends to be benignly indifferent to most questions of religious belief, and profoundly suspicious of anything looking like religious enthusiasm. For these purposes atheism is (quite correctly) seen as a religion. Flew therefore will simply be seen as a crank (particularly as he is a ‘philosophy’ professor) who has changed his mind, and his influence will be, well, nil.

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