(7763) Thu 1 Apr 93 4:02p
By: David Rice
To: Peter Arnall
Re: Your Religion.
PA> "The "scientific community" does not ridicule religious people.
PA> Many highly intelligent and learned people are religious. Was
PA> not Einstein a believer?"
Yes, he was NOT a believer.
This is from _Albert Einstein: The Human Side_ which is a collection
of snippets from his archives. Edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman.
Published by Princeton University Press:
"I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence
the actions of individuals, or directly sit in judgement on
creatures of his own creation. I cannot do this in spite of the
fact that mechanistic causality has, to a certain extent, been
placed in doubt by modern science.
My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely
superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our
weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality.
Morality is of the highest importance -- but for us, not for God."
"But, on the other hand, every one who is seriously involved in the
pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in
the laws of the Universe -- a spirit vastly superior to that of man,
and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel
humble. In this way, the pursuit of science leads to a religious
feeling of a special sort, which is indeed quite different from the
religiosity of someone more naive."
"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"
"What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend
only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a
feeling of "humility." This is a genuinely religious feeling that
has nothing to do with mysticism"
"The mystical trend of our time, which shows itself particularly
in the rampant growth of the so-called Theosophy and Spiritualism,
is for me no more than a symptom of weakness and confusion.
Since our inner experiences consist of reproductions, and
combinations of sensory impressions, the concept of a soul without
a body seem to me to be empty and devoid of meaning."
"Nevertheless, we all feel that it is indeed very reasonable and
important to ask ourselves how we should try to conduct our lives.
The answer is, in my opinion: satisfaction of the desires and needs
of all, as far as this can be achieved, and achievement of harmony
and beauty in the human relationships. This presupposes a great
deal of conscious thought and of self-education. It is undeniable
that the enlightened Greeks and the old Oriental sages had achieved
a higher level in this all-important field than what is alive in
our schools and universities."
"The foundation of morality should not be made dependent on myth
nor tied to any authority lest doubt about the myth or about the
legitimacy of the authority imperil the foundation of sound
judgement and action."
--- DB 1.53/001027
* Origin: Rights On! - Religion Free Always! - Titusville_FL_USA (1:374/14)