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The word God is for me…

❝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. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. These subtilized interpretations are highly manifold according to their nature and have almost nothing to do with the original text. For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity 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.❞

— From a letter Albert Einstein wrote in January 1954 to philosopher Eric Gutkind.

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8 Responses to The word God is for me…

  1. Love your selections and your continued work.

  2. Monicks says:

    Thank you, Charles.

  3. Albert Einstein was something of a philosophical Verificationist, and so its not surprising to find him saying such things. However, if one were to take what he said here seriously not only are they cut off in principle from entertaining sophisticated religious dialogue, but they have more importantly even cut themselves off from understanding the majority of philosophers, from Leibniz to Aristotle. Moreover, if the theologian is told before she even shares her theology that her interlocutor simply cannot adopt an attitude of openness to theo-logic in principle, then it means the person willing to cut themselves off can’t be reasoned with – they are perhaps better left alone.

    Blessed are the shallow, after all, as the saying goes – for they shall never find depth.

  4. Lamar says:

    Selective truths – here’s more (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein%27s_religious_views#Agnosticism_and_rejection_of_atheism) :

    According to biographer Walter Isaacson, Einstein was more inclined to denigrate disbelievers than the faithful. “The fanatical atheists,” Einstein said in correspondence, “are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who—in their grudge against traditional religion as the ‘opium of the masses’—cannot hear the music of the spheres.”

    Although he did not believe in a personal God, he indicated that he would never seek to combat such belief because “such a belief seems to me preferable to the lack of any transcendental outlook.”

  5. beverly arnold says:

    Why don’t you try talking English rather than trying to bullshit and intimidate people with how intelligent and profound you think you are

  6. Monicks says:

    Here, Lamar, learn to quote:

    Then there are the fanatical atheists whose intolerance is of the same kind as the intolerance of the religious fanatics and comes from the same source. They are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who—in their grudge against the traditional ‘opium of the people’—cannot bear the music of the spheres.

  7. hrm.. close enough – that’s an interesting quote.

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