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Next time a faith head claims Albert Einstein was a believer….

….show them this letter, written a year before his death in 1954.

The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weakness, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still purely primitive, legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. … For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstition. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong … have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything “chosen” about them.

In general I find it painful that you claim a privileged position and try to defend it by two walls of pride, an external one as a man and an internal one as a Jew. As a man you claim, so to speak, a dispensation from causality otherwise accepted, as a Jew of monotheism. But a limited causality is no longer a causality at all, as our wonderful Spinoza recognized with all incision…

That should shut them up once and for all.

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5 thoughts on “Next time a faith head claims Albert Einstein was a believer….

  1. Yeah, that doesn't prove he was an atheist. It fits in quite nicely with his known theistic beliefs. Einstein was probably a "You can't put God in a box" type of guy. Quite simply put, there is nothing in that statement that can be interpreted by any reasonable, rational person as Einstein saying, "There is no God."

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  3. Agreed with McHue. It is not often quoted enough that he quite despised active atheists, citing them to be unable to see true harmony of the universe.

  4. "The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weakness"

  5. Alex:     Reminds me of "that which we call the Tao is not the Tao for the Tao is unnamable." Frankly, ascertaining Einstein's true beliefs is impossible as we have only bits and pieces of what he has said. I seem to remember reading (though I cannot find it right now) that when asked what it would mean if experiment hadn't confirmed General Relativity, Einstein said "I would have to forgive our dear creator; the theory is correct all the same."

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