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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Einstein: Religion is Childish Superstition

One of the argumentative ploys used by Dennis Prager in trying to trap atheists is to ask them if belief in God is stupid and therefore a sign of stupidity among believers. If Prager's respondent says "Yes," Prager then asks them if they think Einstein was stupid, because Einstein said, "God does not play dice with the universe." This is supposed to prove that highly intelligent people can also believe in God.

Well, today we have a nice story that will deprive Prager of his Einstein proof.

"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, cited by The Guardian newspaper.

"For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions," he said.

Previously the great scientist's comments on religion -- such as "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind" -- have been the subject of much debate, used notably to back up arguments in favour of faith.

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Blogger Pete said...

Einstein's God according to what I've read was no more than a reference to the physical laws of the universe, mathematics and so on. He did not believe in any religion and those who try to argue that he did are blatantly misrepresenting him. Religious apologists frequently do this becuase they don't have any good arguments to prove that God exists.
Perhaps this quote will discourage them in the future but I somehow doubt it.

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