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Monday Memo - April 20

Since the mid-1950s, the philosopher Antony Flew was the most influential, intellectually sophisticated defender of atheism in Western culture. He exercised a magisterial role in debates about God's existence for half a century. But in 2004, Flew shocked the world by announcing that he had changed sides. From 2004 until his death in 2010, Flew became an ardent defender of belief in God. As if this weren't newsworthy enough, his reasons for changing are important and deeply relevant to the conversation you and I are having. According to Flew, he had no particular interest in God, worship, and that sort of thing, nor did he have concerns about the afterlife. His change had absolutely nothing to do with wanting God to exist. Rather, his change resulted from following the evidence wherever it led, and his conversion was an intellectual one. Flew went so far as to say that if the arguments and evidence for God had been known fifty years ago, he and other prominent atheists of the twentieth century would have become believers decades ago.

I hope you are being enlightened and challenged by our current series, "You Believe What?" Seems like Antony Flew had a moment when he changed what he believed!

This story comes from a book by J.P.Moreland entitled Love Your God with All Your Mind. It is one of several resources I have been using. Another is The God Conversation also by J.P. Moreland.

Two books available now in our Resource Center are I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Norm Geisler, and Exploring Christian Theology, by Holsteen and Svigel. They will be a great help to you and others in your family as you grow deeper in the truth.

In addition, a hands-on lifelong learning opportunity is coming to GFC, May 1 and 2. Greg Koukl, a well-known author and speaker, will help us learn more about our faith, how to have conversations with others, and enjoy it! Please, for your sake and the sake of others in your life, make this a high priority! You can sign up online.

I plan to be there and to equip myself to be a more effective instrument in the hands of God! I hope you can join me.

Grace and peace,

Tom Oyler
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