The material in this site was
extracted from the author's award-winning book,
GOD SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF THE GREATEST MINDS
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Einstein has been a challenge for
atheists who cannot accept that such a "modern" genius would believe in a
Creator. Some have resorted to his statement that he believed in "Spinoza's God"
to neutralize that possibility. In fact some have stated that Einstein only believed in
"nature," or that Einstein used the term "God" as a
"metaphor" rather than a reality.
believing in Spinoza's God, Einstein is clearly refuting the idea of a
"personal" God, in the Judeo-Christian tradition. He, consequently, did not
embrace the belief that the Creator sits on a throne in Heaven having a body and
human-like features, nor did he believe that God had any reward or punishment in store for
humans. Yet he did believe in a conscious, powerful, intelligent, good Being who manifests
His greatness within His creation. Understanding this great Being, he stated, was
the driving force behind his scientific search.
Therefore, the reader is asked to judge for himself
or herself by reading the quotes offered below. They should be sufficient in helping the
reader to reach his or her own conclusion.
(To get a glimpse into what Spinoza believed
about God, please read the Spinoza quotes in the "Philosophers" section.)
"I believe in Spinoza's
God, who reveals Himself in the harmony of all being, not in a God who concerns Himself
with the fate of actions of men."
(Schilpp, 1969, 526)
"You believe in God playing dice , and I in
perfect laws in the world of things existing as real objects, which I try to grasp in a
wildly speculative way"
"I defend the Good God against the idea of a
continuous game of dice."
(Speziali, 1972, 361)
"I'm not much with people, and
I'm not a family man. I want my peace. I want to know how God created this world. I am not
interested in this or that phenomena in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to
know His thoughts, the rest are details."
(Clarck, 1971, 18-19)
"The scientist's religious feeling takes the form of a
rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such
superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings
is an utterly insignificant reflection. (Iain, 1982, 57)
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