Question by Mr. Popingo is A-T & G-C: Einstein’s quotes about God?
“I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings.” (Albert Einstein)
“The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. ”
Letter to philosopher Eric Gutkind, January 3, 1954
“It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it. ”
– Albert Einstein, letter to an atheist (1954), quoted in Albert Einstein: The Human Side, edited by Helen Dukas & Banesh Hoffman
It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously. I also cannot imagine some will or goal outside the human sphere…. Science has been charged with undermining morality, but the charge is unjust. A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
– Albert Einstein, “Religion and Science,” New York Times Magazine, November 9, 1930
I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation. I cannot do this in spite of the fact that mechanistic causality has, to a certain extent, been placed in doubt by modern science. My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality. Morality is of the highest importance — but for us, not for God.
– Albert Einstein, from Albert Einstein: The Human Side, edited by Helen Dukas & Banesh Hoffman
This is in response to a question I saw about Einstein’s belief in god… Would anyone like to discuss?
Lester, this has nothing to do with whether he was right or wrong. It has to do with people claiming he believed something that he didn’t in other YA questions… I didn’t want people being ignorant on Einstein’s actual beliefs, not saying that he is right. I personally believe Einstein is wrong, but you may believe he is right. I just don’t appriciate it when people slander his good name and lie about him when he can’t defend himself anymore.
Answer by The Reverend Soleil
What’s there to discuss?
The man was self-evidently NOT a Christian — case closed.
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