Einstein’s less-well-known theory of religion.

May 16, 2008

Albert Einstein is rightly held up as one of this planet’s all-time greatest thinkers. Probably best known for his Theory of Relativity, he was named as ‘Person of the Century’ by Time magazine in 1999.
Now it has emerged that he wasn’t a big fan of religion. At all.
There has long been a two-sided debate about whether Einstein was a fan of religion, or was he not. The debate stemmed from his statement:
“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
For years believers and non-believers have interpreted this as being a statement that endorses their view. Now, a little-known letter from Einstein is being auctioned, and its contents widely-known for the first time.
The Guardian has a great story on it:

You can read the whole story here.

Basically his belief can be summed up nicely in one short paragraph.
“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 goes into far more detail in the full article. I think that he wanted people to be freed from the dogma of religion and to realise that your own conscience can be your ‘god’ – your guiding light that shows right from wrong, good from bad etc.
Come on people. If a thinker as smart as Albert is seriously questioning religion, how much longer can people continue to blindly follow, based on nothing more than “faith”?
P.S. If you are a religious zealot and take offence at this, don’t bother letting me know. Tell your God and let him (or her, or it, they or whatever) come and make representations to me.
But he’d better make sure I’m not too busy worshipping one of my Gods when listening to Miles Davis or Freddie Hubbard or James Brown or, for the train-spotters out there, The Art Ensemble of Chicago (if you want to talk about Gods…)
Thanks.

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