Question by Citizen Of The Cosmos: Non-theists: was it a mistake for Einstein to use the “god” terminology?
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, following his wife’s advice in responding to Rabbi Herbert Goldstein of the International Synagogue in New York, who had sent Einstein a cablegram bluntly demanding “Do you believe in God?” Quoted from and citation notes derived from Victor J Stenger, Has Science Found God? (draft: 2001), chapter 3.
I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own — a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms.
— Albert Einstein, obituary in New York Times, 19 April 1955, quoted from James A Haught, “Breaking the Last Taboo” (1996)
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, 9 November 1930
What the *bleep* is a sadtheist?
I think Hellboy just ex-communicated me from atheism for being dumb. *sigh* oh, well….
Look, I think a few people might be confused; I’m an atheist. The reason I addressed my question to non-theists specifically is because none of y’all answered my previous attempt to talk about this point in a question called “how do you feel about people redefining “god” to be something natural?” I knew the Einstein reference would get more attention.
Answer by tj217d
There called Sadtheists
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