I am privileged to be one of the general editors of the upcoming Dictionary of Christianity and Science (Zondervan, April 2017). Paul Copan, Tremper Longman, Michael Strauss, and I–along with our excellent team at Zondervan–have endeavored to create a reference work that tackles the most important terms, concepts, people, and debates at the intersection of Christianity and science, from an evangelical perspective. Over the next few weeks I’ll be featuring sneak-preview excerpts from the Dictionary, available exclusively here at the CAA blog.
I remember reading Antony Flew’s article “Theology and Falsification” as an undergraduate in an introduction to philosophy class. At that time, back in the early 90’s, Flew was still known as one of the most prolific and influential atheists in the world. One thing I appreciated about Flew was that he was willing to engage in civil dialogue with Christian scholars–unlike many who wear the atheist mantle today. One of those scholars was Gary Habermas, a professor of philosophy at Liberty University. As far back as 1987, Flew and Habermas were publishing transcripts of their debates on the resurrection of Jesus. Flew and Habermas engaged in a number of debates and dialogues, and developed a lasting friendship. When it came time to find a writer for our entry on Flew for the Dictionary of Christianity and Science, it was only natural to ask Gary Habermas. Dr. Habermas’s insightful and appreciative article on Flew appears below.