God believers have always held up Albert Einstein — the World’s Smartest Man — as evidence that God exists because they believe Einstein said God was real.
The news this week that Einstein was not a believer — as evidenced in a new letter from his own hand now up for auction — makes clear his stance on the God Question:
“The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.
“No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this,” he [Einstein] wrote in the letter written on January 3, 1954 to the philosopher Eric Gutkind, cited by The Guardian newspaper.
The German-language letter is being sold Thursday by Bloomsbury Auctions in Mayfair after being in a private collection for more than 50 years, said the auction house’s managing director Rupert Powell.
We find Einstein’s absolute rejection of the death of the old God oddly refreshing — and when we add his view to the previously expressed argument from the Vatican that “Intelligent Design”
is neither “intelligent” nor a “design” — we begin to feel there is a
rational basis for objective belief still left for the holding in the secular universe.
News this week that the Vatican also believes in alien life was another fiery log on the blaze of human existence stoking a darkling world:
The Vatican’s chief astronomer says there is no conflict between
believing in God and in the possibility of extraterrestrial “brothers”
perhaps more evolved than humans.
“In my opinion this possibility exists,” said the Reverend José
Gabriel Funes, head of the Vatican Observatory and a scientific adviser
to Pope Benedict XVI, referring to life on other planets.
“How can we exclude that life has developed elsewhere,” he said in
an interview with the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, published
in its Tuesday-Wednesday edition. The large number of galaxies with
their own planets makes this possible, he noted.