Atheist discovers 'the science of God'
By Elizabeth Day
(Filed: 12/12/2004)

One of Britain's most prominent atheists has decided that God might exist after all.

Prof Antony Flew, a champion of atheist beliefs for more than 50 years, said scientific evidence supports the theory that some sort of intelligence created the universe.

Prof Flew, 81, a professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Reading, said that this was the only explanation for the origin of life.

He said DNA research "has shown, by the almost unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which are needed to produce life, that intelligence must have been involved," but insisted that he did not believe in afterlife.

"I'm thinking of a God very different from the God of the Christian and far and away from the God of Islam, because both are depicted as omnipotent Oriental despots - cosmic Saddam Husseins," he said in his new video, Has Science Discovered God?

Prof Flew's U-turn has caused alarm in atheist circles. Lewis Wolpert, a professor of developmental biology at University College London said: "Only a philosopher could be so silly. The plain fact is that there is no scientific evidence for a God."

Terry Sanderson of the National Secular Society, said: "His guess about the origin of life is as good or as bad as anyone else's. The fact is, nobody knows."

Last week, Prof Flew finished writing the introduction to a new edition of his book, God and Philosophy. He said "My whole life has been guided by the principle of Plato's Socrates. Follow the evidence, wherever it leads."