When Anthony Flew came out as a Deist in 2004 (and a book about it came out a couple months ago), a lot of Christians used him as an example of how even the “most notorious atheist” found God. (Though they usually exaggerated and said he believed in the same version of God they do — which is not true.)
To be honest, I’d never even heard of Flew before his Deism came to light in 2004. His change of mind didn’t impact me very much.
But it does raise an interesting question…
Whose “conversion” (from atheism to theism) would have the biggest impact on your life?
If Richard Dawkins said he now believed in the Christian God, can you imagine what the reaction would be from both sides?
I’d ask the same question in reverse also:
Whose “conversion” (from theism to atheism) would have the biggest impact on your life?
Would atheists embrace Pat Robertson if he said on the 700 Club that he’s been wrong all this time and he didn’t believe in God anymore or would they still distance themselves from him?
If Billy Graham said he knew he wouldn’t be meeting his wife in Heaven because he no longer believed there was one, what would the Christian world say?
Did the revelation of Mother Teresa‘s lack of faith actually make a difference to you?