Albert Einstein On The Library Of The Universe

“I’m not an atheist, and I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist. 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. Our limited minds grasp the mysterious force that moves the constellations.” —Albert Einstein

6 Responses to “Albert Einstein On The Library Of The Universe”

  1. David K Says:

    Einstein believed in the “God of Spinoza”, it is almost an Agnostic view of God, the mystery of the unknown. Of course, if you take quotes from any period of his life, you can use it to fit just about belief or non-belief.


  2. clubschadenfreude Says:

    The laws of the universe can be “eternal”. No god needed. As for “design”, why would a god create a universe that is 99.999…% entirely inimical to humankind? As smart as Einstein is, the need for theists to appeal to him is nothing more than an appeal to authority. They always forget that Einstein said “”I believe in God who reveals himself in the lawful harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and the doings of mankind.” and the other fellow they often appeal to, Isaac Newton, was not a trinitarian and thought alchemy worked.


    • Craig T. Owens Says:

      There is no appeal to authority intended in my sharing of this quote. I simply found it intriguing. I also find the evidence in favor of a designer or lawmaker much more compelling than any arguments that such design and order came from nothingness.


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