Friday, May 16, 2008

Einstein's god

Einstein's musings about religion sells for $400K - Yahoo! News
The letter was written to philosopher Eric Gutkind in January 1954, a year before Einstein's death. In it, the Einstein said that "the word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish."
More importantly it should put to rest the noises the religious people make about Einstein being Christian... I've had to "explain" on several occasions that his references to "god" were always couched in terms that imparted his wonder of the natural order -- and had nothing to do with the god of the bible.
Unfortunately, like most who "believe", my arguments didn't dent the armor of faith.


skip sievert said...

Einstein was aware of and endorsed the Technocracy Technate design... as many of the preeminent scientists of the 20th century did.
Einstein was associated with Columbia University... which in the form of the first American ''think tank'' the Technical Alliance.. produced the concept of a scientific social design using energy accounting instead of money.

John Lennon... '''god is a concept.. by which we measure our pain.'''

Intellectual Insurgent said...

I'm just wondering. Does anyone give a flying F what Einstein thought about religion?

skip sievert said...

Well.. he was an interesting guy for a lot of reasons.
So perhaps.
I am curious sometimes about how people think.
He was one of the great intellects of all time.

RR said...

If you listen to some of these religious nut-jobs -- or read them on the news sites -- they sometimes use Einstein as an example of a "smart scientist" you believed in god.

Same kind of crap you get about the founding fathers.

skip sievert said...

Yeah I have noticed that. Sign of the times. Like all the dumbed down religious voodoo crap on T.V. now.
Wallmart bookstore mentality stuff.

Intellectual Insurgent said...

Those nut jobs make the same mistake as the secular, quoting Einstein as if his opinion means anything regarding religion.

My sister is a dr. and never believed in god until medical school. I remember the phone call - "I just got through with my first anatomy lab and there is no way the human body was a random accident. The nervous system alone is proof of God."

RR said...

I agree -- and have argued the same thing: just because someone is a genius in their field, that doesn't make them an authority on god.

But it is annoying when they misrepresent Einstein's statements about god...

skip sievert said...

So is your sister a Mormon now?
Or just what god does she believe in?

Is she like the pope and thinks maybe god created space aliens without original sin?
Ha ha.
Is it the middle east god or some poetic god?

Anonymous said...

how is a priest, minister, etc any more qualified to talk about god's existence as say a thinker the likes of Albert Einstein?
I think Einstein's insight on god (existence or non-existence) is as much valid as any other theologen's.