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By What Authority?

By What Authority?

Einstein is truly a great scientist. There is no question about that. But he is also human like any of us. He had his doubts and opinion on matters big and small. The problem arises when some take as normative his authority in physics and mathematics and seek to transfer it to the lofty realms of God, the Bible, and man. Read on...Einstein: Bible Is 'Primitive, Pretty Childish' The Associated PressTuesday , May 13, 2008

Albert Einstein: arch rationalist or scientist with a spiritual core? A letter being auctioned in London this week adds more fuel to the long-simmering debate about the Nobel prize-winning physicist's religious views. In the note, written the year before his death, Einstein dismissed the idea of God as the product of human weakness and the Bible as "pretty childish."The letter, handwritten in German, is being sold by Bloomsbury Auctions on Thursday and is expected to fetch between $12,000 and $16,000.

Einstein, who helped unravel the mysteries of the universe with his theory of relativity, expressed complex and arguably contradictory views on faith, perceiving a universe suffused with spirituality while rejecting organized religion. The letter up for sale, written to philosopher Eric Gutkind in January 1954, suggests his views on religion did not mellow with age.

In it, Einstein said that "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." "For me," he added, "the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions." Addressing the idea that the Jews are God's chosen people, Einstein wrote that "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."


Anonymous said…
einstein has no uthority to put his ideas into peoples mind because like the article said everyone has his or her opinion and when you tell yourself that you feel you know everything that's when you have a problem because god knew why he didn't make everyone knowing everything because we would all be doing things which he would not want us to do and einstein is 1 of the billions of people on the face of the earth who probably don't know the tru and living god
thanks hotep