LONDON — Antony Flew, an academic philosopher who expounded atheism for most of his life but made a late conversion to belief in a creator, has died at age 87, his family said in a notice published Wednesday.
Flew died on April 8 following a long illness, according to the notice in The Times newspaper.
The son of a Methodist minister, Flew abandoned belief as a teenager because of the problem of evil. “It just seemed flatly inconsistent to say that the universe was created by an omnipotent and perfectly good being. Yet there were evils in abundance which could not be put down to a consequence of human sin,” he was quoted as saying in a 2004 interview with The Sunday Times.
In the last decade of his life, scientific discoveries about the complexity of DNA led him to believe there was an intelligent creator.