Well, I am feeling particularly atheist today, so i wanted to give an argument to any theists (christians) who always say, 

“Albert Einstein believed in God. Do you think you’re more clever than him?”

Hmmm..“Albert Einstein believed in God. Do you think you’re more clever than him?”

Einstein did once comment that “God does not play dice [with the universe].” This quotation is commonly mentioned to show that Einstein believed in the Christian God. Used this way, it is out of context; it refers to Einstein’s refusal to accept some aspects of the most popular interpretations of quantum theory. Furthermore, Einstein’s religious background was Jewish rather than Christian.

A better quotation showing what Einstein thought about God is the following:

I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings.

Einstein recognized Quantum Theory as the best scientific model for the physical data available. He did not accept claims that the theory was complete, or that probability and randomness were an essential part of nature. He believed that a better, more complete theory would be found, which would have no need for statistical interpretations or randomness.

So far no such better theory has been found, and much evidence suggests that it never will be.

A longer quote from Einstein appears in Science, Philosophy, and Religion, A Symposium, published by the Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion in Their Relation to the Democratic Way of Life, Inc., New York, 1941. In it he says:

The more a man is imbued with the ordered regularity of all events the firmer becomes his conviction that there is no room left by the side of this ordered regularity for causes of a different nature. For him neither the rule of human nor the rule of divine will exists as an independent cause of natural events. To be sure, the doctrine of a personal God interfering with natural events could never be refuted[italics his], in the real sense, by science, for this doctrine can always take refuge in those domains in which scientific knowledge has not yet been able to set foot.

But I am convinced that such behavior on the part of representatives of religion would not only be unworthy but also fatal. For a doctrine which is to maintain itself not in clear light but only in the dark, will of necessity lose its effect on mankind, with incalculable harm to human progress. In their struggle for the ethical good, teachers of religion must have the stature to give up the doctrine of a personal God, that is, give up that source of fear and hope which in the past placed such vast power in the hands of priests. In their labors they will have to avail themselves of those forces which are capable of cultivating the Good, the True, and the Beautiful in humanity itself. This is, to be sure, a more difficult but an incomparably more worthy task…

Einstein has also said:

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.

The above quote is from a letter Einstein wrote in English, dated 24 March 1954. It is included in a biography about Albert, edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman, and published by Princeton University Press. Also from the same book:

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.

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Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on September 26, 2012 at 4:15pm

He did not think that his beautiful theory of general relativity was correct as it predicted the existence of black holes. Modern observations, including satellites have confirmed their existence. He also stated that the rotation of an object would alter space and time – i.e. the mass of an object “warps” space-time.  His theory is proven. God to him was not a personal god but rather as used in the term the “god particle”. Absolutely nothing to do with any of the gods that theists have given names to. If he had witnessed gravitational lensing he would not have used the phrase “god does not play dice”.

A little more.

Comment by Marc Poulin on September 26, 2012 at 7:14pm

Couldn't be more appropriate. 

Comment by Doug Reardon on September 26, 2012 at 10:17pm

When I was young, I read everything I could find on Einstein, and if the author was religious, Einstein was religious, if the author was a freethinker, Einstein was a freethinker.

Comment by Dale Headley on September 27, 2012 at 1:44pm

Religious apologists will go to great lengths to falsely ascribe to prominent atheists things they did not say, do, or write.  One of the most despicable was when they claimed that Carl Sagan converted on his deathbed.  The only person in attendance when Carl died was his wife, Ann Druyan.  She was deeply and painfully hurt by what these thoughtless, cruel people said about her husband.  They were out-and-out lies; but the religious community, by and large, accepted it as gospel, so to speak.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on September 27, 2012 at 6:03pm

Here is a link to what Anne Sagan said about his death. See also the link to the "Pale Blue Dot" once you have read her words.


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