Robert C. Priddy

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  • Robert Priddy


    In this blog I post information and critical views concerning ideologies, belief systems and related scientific materials etc. I am a retired philosophy lecturer and researcher, born 1936.

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Einstein on God – just a weakness

Posted by robertpriddy on October 28, 2012

 

The recent sale of a letter from Einstein to a German philosopher knock on the head all ideas that Einstein was a believer in any God. Because Einstein occasionally used the word ‘God’ as a ‘creator’ at least figuratively  (eg. ‘God does not play dice’ and other similar statements), religionists have jumped on it to try to convince us that Einstein fully believed in a God who created the universe. Sathya Sai Baba was one of the worst offenders, as one might expect, but he went further than anyone in creating statements which he then attributed to Einstein!

However, Einstein denied he actually believed in any kind of God on various occasions, though he admitted that the human mind could not (at least then) comprehend everything of the mystery and harmony of the universe. Just now (October 23012) a letter he wrote to the philosopher Eric. B. Gutkind (on January 5, 1954, about a year before Einstein’s death) is on auction on-line confirms his actual view in his last year very convincingly. The BBC reported on its contents as the images above show.

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