God and Anthony Flew
Monday, February 26, 2018
It is the glory of God to conceal things,
but the glory of kings is to search things out.
The late Oxford philosopher Antony Flew made a career of atheism. That is, until January 2004, when he announced that he now believed in God. The scientific evidence for Intelligent Design had become too compelling to ignore. DNA—the genetic code at the center of life—was the straw that broke the camel’s back. DNA makes mincemeat of Darwin.
Antony Flew’s conversion is a case study of a great truth: It is the glory of God to conceal things. In his book, The Hidden Face of God, Jewish philosopher Gerald Schroeder shows how modern science reveals a complex “ordered wisdom expressed in the molecular functioning of life,” an “exotic fact,” he calls it, which is the imprint (dare we say it?) of God.
Christians need never to fear science. For God in His eternal wisdom displays his glory in every part of creation—from the heavens that overwhelmed the ancients to mysteries that await us in the lab.
Nor does God confine these mysteries to cells and stars. No, God shows His hand in history (remember the Iron Curtain?). His moral law troubles our conscience (Rom. 2:14-15). His prophets prophesy, and every word proves true. How can our praises stay silent? Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! . . . To him be glory forever (Rom. 11:33, 36).
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. May we worship with the Psalmist: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1
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