Who is the Being having intelligence and a purpose for
"jagbir singh" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat Dec 11, 2004 7:09 pm
Subject: Who is the Being having intelligence
and a purpose for humanity?
professor bases new belief on scientific evidence
By Richard N. Ostling
NEW YORK — A British philosophy professor who has been a
champion of atheism for more than a half-century has
mind. He now believes in God — more or less — based on
evidence and says so on a video released Thursday.
At age 81, after decades of insisting belief is a
Flew has concluded that some sort of intelligence or
first cause must
have created the universe. A super-intelligence is the
explanation for the origin of life and the complexity of
said in a telephone interview from England.
Flew said he's best labeled a deist like Thomas
Jefferson, whose God
was not actively involved in people's lives.
"I'm thinking of a God very different from the God of
and far and away from the God of Islam, because both are
omnipotent Oriental despots, cosmic Saddam Husseins," he
could be a person in the sense of a being that has
intelligence and a
purpose, I suppose."
Flew first made his mark with the 1950 article "Theology
Falsification," based on a paper for the Socratic Club,
Oxford religious forum led by writer and Christian
Over the years, Flew proclaimed the lack of evidence for
teaching at Oxford, Aberdeen, Keele, and Reading
Britain, in visits to numerous U.S. and Canadian
campuses and in
books, articles and debates.
There was no one moment of change but a gradual
recent months for Flew, a spry man who still does not
believe in an
Yet biologists' investigation of DNA "has shown, by the
unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which are
produce (life), that intelligence must have been
involved," Flew says
in the new video, "Has Science Discovered God?"
The video draws from a New York discussion last May
author Roy Abraham Varghese's Institute for
in Garland, Texas. Participants were Flew; Varghese;
physicist Gerald Schroeder, an Orthodox Jew; and Roman
philosopher John Haldane of Scotland's University of St.
The first hint of Flew's turn was a letter to the
issue of Britain's Philosophy Now magazine. "It has
inordinately difficult even to begin to think about
naturalistic theory of the evolution of that first
organism," he wrote.
The letter commended arguments in Schroeder's "The
Hidden Face of
God" and "The Wonder of the World" by Varghese, an
This week, Flew finished writing the first formal
account of his new
outlook for the introduction to a new edition of his
Philosophy," scheduled for release next year by
Prometheus specializes in skeptical thought, but if his
people, well "that's too bad," Flew said. "My whole life
guided by the principle of Plato's Socrates: Follow the
wherever it leads." ...
Flew told The Associated Press his current ideas have
with American "intelligent design" theorists, who see
evidence for a
guiding force in the construction of the universe. He
Darwinian evolution but doubts it can explain the
ultimate origins of
A Methodist minister's son, Flew became an atheist at
15. Early in
his career, he argued that no conceivable events could
proof against God for believers, so skeptics were right
whether the concept of God meant anything at all.
Another landmark was his 1984 "The Presumption of
off the presumption of innocence in criminal law. Flew
debate over God must begin by presuming atheism, putting
of proof on those arguing that God exists.
Philosophy professor bases new belief on scientific
So who is the Being having intelligence and a purpose
Only the Shakti's Great Event ordained for humanity
question. The Last Judgment and Resurrection ordained
guarantees to displace the darkness of souls and grant
For more than three decades the Shakti's incarnation on
earth in the
form of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi has declared and
detail the Great Event ordained for all humanity. The
and Resurrection promises both bodily resurrection (kundalini
awakening) and spiritual immortality (moksa).
"Tagore comes closest to us, though, when he calls on
friends to imagine a world in which East and West give
spiritual gifts free of imperialistic coercion, a world
science is honored but spiritual and human values rule.
universe is in harmony with man, the eternal, we know it
truth, we feel it as beauty," Tagore told Einstein in
from a man with few illusions about either East or West,
sentiment sounds less like pure idealism than a hard-won
living decently in a violent century. Tagore's gift for
splendidly presented in this anthology, is his
speaking for the highest human values and loftiest human
aims. At a
time when our public discourses have descended into the
marketspeak and realpolitik, we need Tagore's courageous
undeceived conviction that we were born for something
brilliantly better." (Jon Spayde, The Forgotten Genius
98 Utne Reader)
And the great Adi Shakti Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
declares: "I was
born at this time where I have to do this job of telling
you must get your transformation... . The human being
is not an
ignoble being. He is the epitome of all evolution."
Only the Shakti has the intelligence to reveal the
of scriptural parables that promise a divine purpose for
Jai Shri Mataji,