“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
May 24, 2018 at 1:51 pm
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.
May 25, 2018 at 12:56 pm
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.
May 25, 2018 at 1:10 pm
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.
May 28, 2018 at 4:04 pm
If the laws of physics have always existed, then there is no “nothingness” and no god needed.
May 28, 2018 at 5:37 pm
“Always”? There was no beginning? No singularity?
May 29, 2018 at 10:41 am
there is evidence of multiple universe and the law of physics don’t have to start with this one. Christians love to claim that sine we don’t know everything yet, then their god must exist. Alas they have no evidence for this god or any god for that matter. You god gets smaller as the gaps you try to stick it in close.