The question of God’s existence has raged on for centuries, it’s difficult to imagine that some of the world’s most widely known intellects were not roped in on it.
One of the poster boys of modern scientific geniuses, Albert Einstein apparently has faced similar scenarios where his belief or nonbelief in the existence of a “God” has been repeatedly questioned and turned into national debates around the world.
1) In 1935, Albert Einstein was asked what he thought about the concept of “God” as propagated in his time, this is his reply –
“I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the type of which we are conscious in ourselves. An individual who should survive his physical death is also beyond my comprehension, nor do I wish it otherwise; such notions are for the fears or absurd egoism of feeble souls.
Enough for me the mystery of the eternity of life, and the inkling of the marvellous structure of reality, together with the single-hearted endeavour to comprehend a portion, be it ever so tiny, of the reason that manifests itself in nature.”Albert Einstein, 1935.
2) In 1947 just after the end of the second world war, the science wiz was again asked about having a personal God, especially due to his Jewish ancestry. This is his reply –
“It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously.”–Albert Einstein, 1947
3) Apparently not satisfied with previous replies by the genius scientist, again he was questioned about God in 1952 and this is his reply –
“The idea of a personal God is quite alien to me and seems even naïve.”– Albert Einstein, 1952
4) Well, as you would expect, the matter of Einstein’s religious beliefs has taken a dramatic turn at this point. But once again, in 1954, he served his questioners another cold juice viz –
“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, 1954
Belief or nonbelief in people’s concept of God as printed in various religious texts does nothing for your afterlife thoughts. Like Einstein said, it will be naive to think you know God just because you read some texts in a religious book.
To him, that’s exactly what a feeble soul is likely to engage in because they don’t know any better. So, no! Albert Einstein did not believe in God and he was a genius nonetheless.
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