Did Albert Einstein believe in God?
#23051. Asked by Albert. (Oct 05 02 11:23 PM)
Einstein did believe in God. He objected to the random nature of Quantum Mechanics and said 'God does not play dice'.|
Einstein appears to have made many references to God in his life:|
"Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish."
"God always takes the simplest way."
"God does not care about our mathematical difficulties, He integrates empirically."
"God does not play dice."
"God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean."
And my favorite:
"I want to know all God's thoughts; all the rest are just details."
He also made references to how he believed in God:
"I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil."
"Morality is of the highest importance - but for us, not for God."
And a great summary quote:
"That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God."
All of these quotes, and more, can be found here:
Given these reported quotes, I would theorize that he did believe in God. He believed in God as the creator of the universal laws, but not the Father of theology. He appeared to have believed theology is a product of humankind's need to maintain subservience to a society's moral and ethical standards.
He does not appear to have been an Athiest or an Agnostic (since he appears to have believed), but doesn't appear to have followed or recognized any organized religion either. In summary, I would have to say that he did believe in and respect God, he just did not worship Him.
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