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Einstein and God

  1. Jun 23, 2006 #1
    I really enjoyed this paper so I thought I would share.
     
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  3. Jun 23, 2006 #2

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    Unfortunately it's not an accurate portrayal. Einstein considered himself an agnostic.

    "I urge those who are interested in Einstein’s beliefs to consult the detailed documentary record. For example, in Albert Einstein: The Human Side (Princeton University Press, 1979), on page 38 one finds a 1954 letter from Einstein, a passage of which reads as follows: “It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious, then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.”

    http://www.princeton.edu/~paw/archive_new/PAW04-05/05-1117/letters.html

    “My position concerning God is that of an agnostic. I am convinced that a vivid consciousness of the primary importance of moral principles for the betterment and ennoblement of life does not need the idea of a law-giver, especially a law-giver who works on the basis of reward and punishment.”

    Albert Einstein in a letter to M. Berkowitz, October 25, 1950; Einstein Archive 59-215; from Alice Calaprice, ed., The Expanded Quotable Einstein, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2000, p. 216.
     
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