The word God is the product of human weakness

The word God is the product of human weakness

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In January of 1954, just a year before his death, Albert Einstein wrote the following letter to philosopher Erik Gutkind after reading his book, “Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt“, and made known his views on religion. Apparently Einstein had only read the book due to repeated recommendation by their mutual friend Luitzen Egbertus Jan Brouwer. The letter was bought at auction in May 2008, for £170,000; unsurprisingly, one of the unsuccessful bidders was Richard Dawkins.

Translated transcript follows.

(Source: David Victor; Image: Albert Einstein,via.)

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Translated Transcript

Princeton, 3. 1. 1954

Dear Mr Gutkind,

Inspired by Brouwer’s repeated suggestion, I read a great deal in your book, and thank you very much for lending it to me. What struck me was this: with regard to the factual attitude to life and to the human community we have a great deal in common. Your personal ideal with its striving for freedom from ego-oriented desires, for making life beautiful and noble, with an emphasis on the purely human element. This unites us as having an “unAmerican attitude.”

Still, without Brouwer’s suggestion I would never have gotten myself to engage intensively with your book because it is written in a language inaccessible to me. The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weakness, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still purely primitive, legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can change this for me. For me the Jewish religion like all other religions isan incarnation of the most childish superstition. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong, and whose thinking I have a deep affinity for, have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything “chosen” about them.

In general I find it painful that you claim a privileged position and try to defend it by two walls of pride, an external one as a man and an internal one as a Jew. As a man you claim, so to speak, a dispensation from causality otherwise accepted, as a Jew the privilege of monotheism. But a limited causality is no longer a causality at all, as our wonderful Spinoza recognized with all incision, probably as the firstone. And the animistic interpretations of the religions of nature are in principle not annulled by monopolization. With such walls we can only attain a certain self-deception, but our moral efforts are not furthered by them. On the contrary.

Now that I have quite openly stated our differences in intellectual convictions it is still clear to me that we are quite close to each other in essential things, i.e; in our evaluations of human behavior. What separates us are only intellectual “props” and “rationalization” in Freud’s language. Therefore I think that we would understand each other quite well if we talked about concrete things.

With friendly thanks and best wishes,

Yours,

A. Einstein

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What is Atheism Really All About?

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Atheism is something that is becoming more common these days. In a world in which many people need to find something to believe in, atheism is becoming popular. There is increasing pressure in today’s world for people to declare what they believe in. People must put a label on their beliefs. Atheism is one such label that people can choose. But what is atheism, and what do atheists do and believe in?

What is Atheism?

In simple terms, atheism is the belief that God does not exist. In particular, atheism is the belief that there is no such thing as any God, as described by any religion. In addition, atheism is the belief that there is no heaven or afterlife of any kind. People who practice atheism typically don’t believe in any of the things associated with traditional religion. They usually don’t observe rituals of a religious nature, or religious holidays. Cultural traditions can often dictate that people who practice atheism would also observe some religious holidays suchas Christmas. However, traditionally, a part of atheism is not observing religious holidays. Atheists will usually form their ownmoral code based on what they think is right themselves. They will not pay attention to morality as decidedand dictated by religious organizations and religious texts.

What is an Atheist?

An atheist is someone who believes in and practices the lifestyle relating to atheism as discussed above. Many atheists will have come to their opinion about the non-existence of a deity based on their analysis of the available information about all of the different Gods and deities that people believe in. Usually, an atheist will come to the conclusion that it is impossible for a God of any description to exist. Following the lack of proof in the existence of a deity, atheists usually come to the belief that no such being exists. Atheists are people who usually have faith in science rather than religion. They often believe in the scientific theory of “the big bang” to explain how the earth came into being, along with the believing in evolution to explain how humans came to be what they are today.

What Kind of People are Atheists?

There is a certain preconceived opinion that exists about atheists. Many people assume that atheists are also Satanists, Communists, anarchists, and Humanists.
However, it cannot be assumed that all atheists are any or all of these things also. It is important to remember that people vary so much that some atheists many be some of these things, but that not all atheists are the same. It is also assumed that atheists are people who are lacking in a moral code or accountability for their actions.
However, as discussed above, most atheists will have developed their own moral code based on their upbringing and their own thought processes about what is right andwrong. Atheists still make up a small minority of the world’s population.
However, the number of atheists are rising, particularly in countries where English is the predominant language spoken.

In conclusion, atheism is a belief that cannot be described as a religion because its belief is the very opposite of that of most religions. Atheism is all about the belief that no God or deity of any kind exists.

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