Some time ago, Ray Comfort (one of the clowns from “The Way of the Master”) wrote an incredibly stupid blog (rather superfluous where Comfort or Cameron are concerned, I know) about Einstein. In it he had a picture of himself morph into a picture of the great genius. Apparently, humility is not a trait embraced by this silly man. If that isn’t disrespectful, I don’t know what is. Ray Comfort has nothing in common with Einstein, least of all intelligence.
Many of us are aware of Einstein’s famous quote making plain his view on god:
“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.”
~ Albert Einstein, letter to an atheist (1954), quoted in Albert Einstein: The Human Side, edited by Helen Dukas & Banesh Hoffman
No sooner does Ray acknowledge that Einstein dismisses a personal god than he bizarrely claims that Einstein acknowledges a personal god:
“So, although Albert Einstein’s view of God is different than mine (he didn’t believe in a personal God), it is pleasing to me that he humbly acknowledged the One who gave him life. He was no fool.”
~ Ray Comfort, moron
WTF? Einstein didn’t believe in a god that bears any resemblence to anything Ray Comfort would recognize at all. To him, religious experience was the feeling of awe and wonderment at the beauty of the universe. To use Einsein to prop up hihs own superstitious Bronze Age beliefs would be laughable if it weren’t so dispicable.
A new letter authored by Einstein has surfaced making his views on religion much clearer. The letter, written in German, went on the auction block and fetched $330,000.
Apparently, he wasn’t too keen on bible literalism:
“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.”
~ Albert Einstein
He is loyal to his past and heritage, but recognizes it as something to be left behind:
“For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are 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.”
~ Albert Einstein
For Einstein, what he felt at trying to figure the universe out (his wanting to know the mind of god) was best described as a religious experience. I can understand that. But to twist the great man’s ideas like believers tend to do is an act equatable to spitting on his grave. If Einstein hated being quoted by atheists as Comfort claims, I can’t imagine what he felt at being quoted by absolute blithering idiots like Ray Comfort whose religious views are completely incongruous. To those that would do so, CUT IT OUT! And note I did not say please…