Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Einstein and God

Albert Einstein has often been cited as a genius who believed in God, although his pronouncements were generally a lot more vague than claimed. My own view on this was that a genius like him, especially one who had explained so much about the origins of the cosmos, could not possibly have believed in the God of the Bible.

Now the Guardian has published details of a letter in which he described belief in God as "childish superstition" and said Jews were not the chosen people. He made the comments in response to a philosopher in 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," he wrote in the letter written on January 3, 1954 to the philosopher Eric Gutkind.
I'm tempted to say you wouldn’t need to be Einstein to work that out, but the Bible honourable? New Testament maybe, but the Old is a horror story on a par with Mein Kampf or the Koran

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