Scuba asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 1 decade ago

What were Albert Einstein's view on God or a belief in a higher being in general, his view on religion ?

Just wondering b/c there seems to be a lot of conflicting stories. Ofcourse he was a man of science and one of the smartest people ever to walk this planet, but i have heard he did believe in God or atleast recognized the possibilty and didnt outright dismiss it, if any 1 knows, please clarify.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Albert Einstien was Jewish with the spinozan concept of God.

    Source(s): adherents.com
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In other words, he believed in a "higher power", but knew he could not define it. He knew that science was in the business of physical reality and allowed that whatever the real "God" is would not be of this materialistic universe that is our measurable perception, difficult as that may be. He also, disconcertingly, did not believe that a soul survives the death of its body. So it is debatable whether Einstein believed in "God" or not, because some people cannot distance themselves from the dogmatic religions that believe in a specific version of God, and if you don't believe that God is this or that "way", then you don't believe in God, you believe in something else. Some do believe that their way works for them and your way may be different, but it doesn't make you an atheist. So Einstein believed in something else. Einstein was one of the most intelligent and intuitive men in history, but, admittedly, he was not infallible.

  • 1 decade ago

    “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, in a letter March 24, 1954; from Albert Einstein the Human Side, Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman, eds., Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1981, p. 43.

    “As the first way out there was religion, which is implanted into every child by way of the traditional education-machine. Thus I came — though the child of entirely irreligious (Jewish) parents — to a deep religiousness, which, however, reached an abrupt end at the age of twelve. Through the reading of popular scientific books I soon reached the conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true. The consequence was a positively fanatic orgy of freethinking coupled with the impression that youth is intentionally being deceived by the state through lies; it was a crushing impression. ..."

    Albert Einstein, Autobiographical Notes, Chicago, Illinois: Open Court Publishing Company, 1979, pp 3-5.

    “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.

    “The idea of a personal God is quite alien to me and seems even naïve.”

    Albert Einstein in a letter to Beatrice Frohlich, December 17, 1952; Einstein Archive 59-797; from Alice Calaprice, ed., The Expanded Quotable Einstein, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2000, p. 217.

    “I am a deeply religious nonbeliever.… This is a somewhat new kind of religion.”

    Albert Einstein, in a letter to Hans Muehsam, March 30, 1954; Einstein Archive 38-434; from Alice Calaprice, ed., The Expanded Quotable Einstein, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000, p. 218.

    “I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings.”

    Albert Einstein, upon being asked if he believed in God by Rabbi Herbert Goldstein of the Institutional Synagogue, New York, April 24, 1921, published in the New York Times, April 25, 1929; from Einstein: The Life and Times, Ronald W. Clark, New York: World Publishing Co., 1971, p. 413; also cited as a telegram to a Jewish newspaper, 1929, Einstein Archive 33-272, from Alice Calaprice, ed., The Expanded Quotable Einstein, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000, p. 204.

    “I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it.”

    Albert Einstein, letter to a Baptist pastor in 1953; from Albert Einstein the Human Side, Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman, eds., Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1981, p. 39.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If it gives you comfort you may believe that Albert was a true believer; you may even believe that he converted to Southern Baptist on his death bed.

    This death bed conversion seems to be important in religion, especially christianity, since the claim is applied, by christians, to many notable atheists.

    Querious gives you the answer in polite terms in Albert's own words. They are definitive and easily understood.

    As I stated, you may believe what you will, especially if your religious beliefs need verification, as many seem to do.

    Albert made his home in the US. He was well received here and as an intelligent person realized that we have many professing christians. He witnessed countless politicians give insincere pledges of faith time and again. We witness this today, especially during presidential elections, this insincere claim to ...believe.

    Einstein drew the line at such falsehoods. He kept his dignity and refused to cow-tow to bible thumpers by making the popular baseless claim that people seem to think Americans demand. But, he did it as nicely as he could.

    Why then do I say that you may believe him to have converted?

    Simply because belief proves nothing and, until it is acted upon, hurts no one. Believe he was a christian if it pleases you.

    If you want actual information...read Querious!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    His view supposed that the God was a reuptake of the system of the world, or that the universe was the consuming again of God. The myth of God being a system unaccountable of and by, in the life of the universe and refracted in a recursion that orchestrates the system of the world and unifies the recital with the collapse that we experience as the universe.

  • 3 years ago

    Einstein became a great physicist, of that there is little question. yet why does he keep being stated in non secular debates? What Einstein thought approximately god/s and faith, mutually as probably exciting, isn't a case-closer, is it?

  • 1 decade ago

    Einstein did not openly state that he does not believe in God. He did believe in a higher power but he also acknowledged the importance of understanding science and studying the Universe and the principles that manage the Universe. He did not believe in a God that could change the physical laws of nature. For more information visit this site: www.sacred-texts.com/aor/einstein/

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