Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Anthony Flew Becomes a Theist: Exclusive Interview with Former Atheist Athony Flew

I've only heard about the conversion of Anthony Flew from atheist to deism this year. I was pleasantly surprised in view of his apparent hostility to Christianity. However, in this recent interview with Gary Habermas, Flew is unusually candid about his conversion and the reasoning behind it. [See: http://www.biola.edu/antonyflew/]

It is apparent to me that Flew's main problem with Christianity is the problem of evil and his rejection of the Christian doctrine of eternal torment in hell. However, that being said, Flew is amazingly open to the idea that God might reveal Himself to man through special revelation. Flew has not yet come that position and perhaps never will but what I found amazing was that he said the Christian belief in the resurrection is the best attested miracle among the world religions, even though he does not believe it himself. He also said that Christianity is much more rational and consistent than Islam.

Flew is British and was raised by his Methodist father, a minister in the Methodist church in England and a graduate of Oxford. Additionally, Flew was a graduate of Oxford and attended meetings with C.S. Lewis and other leading Christian intellectuals at Oxford. Moreover, Flew has a high regard for Lewis' apologetics work, in spite of the fact that he was not convinced by C.S. Lewis' moral argument in Mere Christianity.

Due to his remarks in the interview with Habermas, I have high hopes that Flew will be converted to Christianity before his demise. Let us all pray for his conversion.

My prayer to God is this:

O, Father Almighty in heaven, have mercy on us sinners now and at the hour of our death. May You give Athony Flew the grace to repent and believe on Your Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May You grant him the illumination and understanding of reason and revelation to know that you are the one and only God, the God who reveals Himself in creation, in Holy Scripture, and in Your one and only Son, Jesus Christ. We as Christians pray for Your mercy and Your compassion for our own souls and for the souls all men who do not yet know You as Savior and Lord, most especially Anthony Flew. May Your grace abound more where unbelief and doubt once abounded.

In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,


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