How can Theists continue claiming Albert Einstein as their own when the man said this?

Question by Father Guido: How can Theists continue claiming Albert Einstein as their own when the man said this?
“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description. If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.”

“I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the kind that 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 egoism, cherish such thoughts. I am satisfied with the mystery of the eternity of life and with the awareness 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.”
misty0408, you are not only a liar, but a very bad speller.

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Answer by Yoda Green
Indeed.
Yet they continually use this quote of his “god does not play dice with the universe” and of course they have NO idea what he was talking about.
You see, he knew full well that most people wouldn’t understand his theories, so he “Dumbed them down” as much as he could.
This was just an example of that.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

12 thoughts on “How can Theists continue claiming Albert Einstein as their own when the man said this?

  1. Don’t forget:

    “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.” –Albert Einstein

  2. You are quoting his subjective personal views…but from a objective scientific point of view he claimed that there had to be a creator based on what he understood of the universe.

    That is why theisits claim him.

  3. oh let them!

    everytime they lie and misrepresent people like Einstein, to try and give their cult validity, it only shows how desperate they are and how obviously aware they are that their cult NEEDS that sort of “seal of approval” from a dead genius!

    how sad for the cultists!

  4. Albert was simply thinking of forming a new relligion,which would be less static than christianity.
    But what relligion would evolve in accordance with its time!?

  5. Buddhism is pantheism, which is a subtype of theism.
    Al would have probably gone for “The Tao of Physics”.
    Theism does not require a personal God, merely a prime mover.

    Just because Al doesn’t like the idea of a God who rewards and punishes doesn’t mean it ain’t so…He is merely engaging in wish fulfillment.

  6. As I say to the Christians, I’m afraid you’d have to provide your source.

    And Einstein would probably be best categorized as a Deist, but I think even that term is not completely appropriate.

    Ah, pantheist is the real term I was looking for.

  7. It is interesting right? Is someone circulating the college student/evil is the absence of god story again?

    I think it has to do with the fact that:
    A) he said the word God a few times
    B) They feel that if Einstein supported their view then they can use this famous scientist as an example of why a belief in a god is a valid idea for scientific oriented people.

    Of course, it breaks down when digging into the truth of the person, like your quote suggests.

    It would be irresponsible for an atheist to claim that Einstein supported their perspective as well. And maybe we should rely on Einstein’s views for what was most impressive. Enhancing our understanding of an extremely complex and totally killer universe.

  8. Einstein was also quoted saying:

    “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

    “I want to know how God created this world, I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details.”

    Touche’

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