posted on Aug, 25 2016 @ 11:20 AM
Hi everyone! I am currently reading an excellent biography about Einstein called Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson, and came
to a chapter detailing Einstein's beliefs about God etc. I found his quotes to be fascinating, especially about Jesus- had never heard anything
about what Einstein felt about Jesus before- so I thought I'd share with you all and see if you had any ideas about it.
Here's some of the more interesting quotes regarding Einstein's brand of theology. The interviewer, George Viereck's, questions are outside the
quotes, and Einstein's response is given in quotes.
To what extent are you influenced by Christianity? "As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am
enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene."
You accept the historical existance of Jesus? "Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His
personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life."
Do you believe in God? "I' m not an atheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. We are in the position of a little child
entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does
not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know
what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see the universe marvelously arranged and
obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws."
Is this a Jewish concept of God? "I am a determinist. I do not believe in free will. Jews believe in free will. They believe man shapes his own
life. I reject that doctrine. In that respect I am not a Jew"
Do you believe in immortality? "No. And one life is enough for me."
And finally, I leave you with a quote in which Einstein describes his relationship with religion:
"The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of all true art and
science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle. To sense
that behind anything that can be experienced there is something that our minds cannot grast, whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly:
this is religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I am a devoutly religious man."
Wow. So, my friends, in which ways do you agree with the genius of Einstein? In which do you disagree?
For me, I have to disagree with Einsteins rejection of free will (although certain new studies of the brain, I believe, would contradict me).. I think
that free will perfectly explains the presence of evil in this world. What does free will "look" like to me? Imagine a line, or road, extending
off in every direction, for every single choice we make in life (the small and the big alike) and this is how I picture free will. Of course, each
choice would include the potential for the most altruistic or depraved action. Each new choice builds off the old one, multiplying into infinity.
How about you? Any thoughts?