• The Quotable Einstein

    by  • 5/21/2008 • atheism, science • 0 Comments

    While Albert Einstein is not a final resource on the non-existence of God, this quote from a letter recently auctioned off should help to set the record straight when Einstein is claimed as a man of religion by Christians in debates.

    “Das Wort Gott ist für mich nichts als Ausdruck und Produkt menschlicher Schwächen, die Bibel eine Sammlung ehrwürdiger, aber doch reichlich primitiver Legenden. Keine noch so feinsinnige Auslegung kann etwas daran ändern. Diese verfeinerten Auslegungen sind … höchst mannigfaltig und haben so gut wie nichts mit dem Urtext zu schaffen.” Albert Einstein, Letter to Eric Gutkind, 1954

    “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. These subtilised interpretations are highly manifold according to their nature and have almost nothing to do with the original text.” translation by Joan Stambaugh, 2008

    For Einstein, it is not that God does not play dice with the Universe, but rather about the awe that one can feel in the ineffable.

    “What separates me from most so-called atheists is a feeling of utter humility toward the unattainable secrets of the harmony of the cosmos.” Albert Einstein, Letter to Joseph Lewis, 1953

    It would appear that Einstein used God as little more than a metaphor in explaining the unknown to the masses.


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