Antony Flew: Is Faith Reasonable?
A heated topic among philosophers and theologians alike is the relationship between faith and reason. While a theologian’s concern is more often how to understand or define the relationship between faith and reason, an atheist is likely to question whether such a relationship can even exist. In other words, an atheist may question whether faith in God can even be considered reasonable—whether it is justifiable based on all the evidence to the contrary in the world (e.g. the problem of evil). One of the best known expressions of this doubt in the reasonableness of faith is expressed by Antony Flew in his essay “Theology and Falsification,” which essentially argues that because a Christian’s faith is not subject to being proven wrong by empirical evidence it is meaningless. This essay, after providing a brief biographical sketch, seeks to outline Flew’s argument.