10th March 2008

“I cannot conceive of a god who rewards and punishes his creatures or has a will of the kind we experience in ourselves. Neither can I nor would I want to conceive of an individual that survives his physical death; let feeble souls, from fear or absurd egotism, cherish such thoughts. I am satisfied with the mystery of the eternity of life and a glimpse of the marvelous structure of the existing world, together with the devoted striving to comprehend a portion, be it ever so tiny, of the Reason that manifests itself in Nature.”

Albert Einstein1879 – 1955

4 Responses to “10th March 2008”

  1. Terence Meaden Says:

    This confident resumé gives an exact vision of what is (self-evidently to the fully educated) a non-theist world. I say ‘self-evidently’ but whether that self-evidence reaches an individual’s brain depends on the quality of teaching and the intellects of teacher and listener.

    Here is a related quote from another great man:
    “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science”. Charles Darwin, The Ascent of Man.

    Everything is solvable by science.

    Another Einstein quote shows some humility and much sense (this wording is from memory): Everyone is ignorant but not ignorant of the same things.

  2. Chris Says:

    Albert, spoken like the Spinozist your were. Let the “feeble” religious keep trying to claim you and other emminent scientists – you are firmly in our camp.

  3. Chris Says:

    “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.”
    – Albert Einstein (Before his deathbed conversion to Christianity. Just kidding.)

  4. epi406 Says:

    An amazing attribute of Einstein was that he was as intelligent as he was humble——very much so on both accounts.