God an Expression of Human Weakness
It seems that the controversy about what Albert Einstein believed about God has heated up again because of a letter he wrote in 1954. That letter recently sold for $404,000. Richard Dawkins reportedly was one of the bidders but the price was too high for him. In the letter, addressed to Eric Gutkind, Einstein wrote:
The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.
Does it really matter what he believed? Do we believe this or that--more so or less so--because Einstein believed this or that? He was a great authority in science, but not in religion. But apparently it does matter . . . to some people.
Sometimes we feel our faith is threatened by science, and when that is so we may seek comfort in words from scientists if those word seem to support our faith. Consider these two Einstein quotes:
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
God doesn’t play dice with the universe.
But now, along comes this quote from his letter to Gutkind. It unravels our comfort quotes. Or does it?
Those two pithy quotes above still have meaning if we think about them and add to them our own substantive thinking. That is the secret: substantive thinking. Without it, the notion that God doesn't play dice with the universe is a mere platitude, a bromide. With thinking we become our own authority.
Having said that, I'm somewhat convinced that God does play dice with us.