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“Einstein & Faith” – You’ve got to read this article April 30, 2007

Posted by Georgete in Point of view.


Early April, I seeded a link on Newsvine to an article published by Time magazine about Einstein’s concept of God. I found it one of the most elucidative stories published about this scientist, his childhood (he was slow in learning how to talk) and his thoughts on religion.  

What intrigued me most was the fact that he had rejected at first the concept of a personal God (who intercedes in the daily workings of the world), then he settled into a deism based on what he called the “spirit manifest in the laws of the universe” and a belief in a “God who reveals Himself in the harmony of all that exists.”  

Once, during an interview, Einstein was asked if he believed in God. I simply LOVED his answer and the analogy he made. Check it out:

“I’m not an atheist. I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see the universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws.”

Do you see any association with Buddha’s and Alan Kardec’s philosophy? Let me know! 

Whenever you have a chance, take a look at the article, available at Time/CNN website.



1. Alan Headbloom - May 2, 2007

Thanks for posting this quote by Einstein. What a genius! (Both of you.) 😉 Clearly, there is so much going on in the universe that our little minds cannot grasp the complexity of it all. Religious people (of any faith) who speak with absolute certainty are to be feared. Their steadfast adherance to one narrowly defined point of view about God and the universe only brings intolerance for others who have differing points of view. We humans all get at least part of it wrong. Hurray for the gentle geniuses among us who admit they don’t have all the answers and dwell in the ambiguity–while all the while still searching for sense and order and rightness.
Um abração,

2. Lu - May 3, 2007

We are really far from knowing what happens in the universe, whatever it concerns to religion, god, beliefs…
The brilliance and geniality of Einstein is reflected in his modest thought, in recognize that there is something bigger than everything.
I don’t know much about Buddhism but I do understand a little bit of Kardecism and Einstein thought is totally aligned with its beliefs in other intelligence levels.

Kisses. Miss you!

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