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RE: [humanism-174] Einstein

From: Marni T.
Sent on: Friday, July 20, 2007 12:46 AM

Hmmmm... The question remains. I think the jury will be out on this for awhile. Did Einstein believe in a god or not? We may never know. Thanks for the supporting evidence for both views, everyone.


What is astonishing to me is Einstein’s wisdom. The world could use a few Einsteins right now, along with a few Jeffersons & Franklins.


I must admit that I too have felt a certain “divinity” in Nature- though definitely not as some sort of “being”, and nothing that would be “worshiped” or be the basis of a system of beliefs. It’s just that the only times in my life I have felt the slightest bit “holy” is when I’m out in REAL nature- on some mountaintop looking out over “creation” (for lack of a better word), or deep in the forest, or most of all, when communing with wildlife. Marni feels the same way, I believe. So does this make us “religious” in some sense?


By the way, welcome to the group, Michael- glad to have you with us!


Mark T.

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Michael
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2007 3:41 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [humanism-174] Einstein


Einstein never really advocated any particular religion, but he often invoked religious imagery and language when discussing the natural world. 

He did on several occasions express admiration for Baruch Spinoza and his idea of an impersonal god, going so far as to state "I believe in Spinoza's God, Who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world, not in a God Who concerns Himself with the fate and the doings of mankind." 

He also possessed a view on religion akin to many other intellectuals and scientists, which he expressed thusly; "The religious geniuses of all ages have been distinguished by this kind of religious feeling, which knows no dogma and no God conceived in man's image; so that there can be no church whose central teachings are based on it. Hence it is precisely among the heretics of every age that we find men who were filled with this highest k ind of religious feeling and were in many cases regarded by their contemporaries as atheists, sometimes also as saints. Looked at in this light, men like Democritus, Francis of Assisi, and Spinoza are closely akin to one another."

I sourced these from wikiquote, and I am trying to find the book I had read years ago that first heard them.


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