Did Einstein Believe in God?

Google seems to indicate that Albert did indeed believe in Something.

It is well documented that during his lifetime Atheists and Christians both lobbied frantically for Einstein’s approval. The Christians must have loved this one: 

"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 arrangements 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."

But they could not have been too happy with this famous quip:

"I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings.”

And then came this prickly statement. . . 

"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.”

Anyone could put together a nice little polemic piece to sway Einstein’s belief either way, but that would be silly. What concerns me is that Einstein, like most good scientists, would undoubtable have left room for doubt.

I have found that it is folly to believe in something 100% because you just never know what new information may come to light. This is the nature of science, and it is this auto-correct system that forms its bedrock. It is also the archilles heel of every mainstream religion: an inability to concede even an iota of ground on a belief (say creation), when the evidence for its opposite is over-whelming. I believe in evolution to the tune of 99%. I concede that evolution could quite well be flawed, but for now it makes for a more credible version of reality than genesis.

This 1% room for doubt makes me an agnostic (leaning towards atheism), but always available to open my heart to the concept of god.

I am surprised that Christians have not presented evolution simply as god’s method of creation, and ended the discussion right there. Look, they would have to follow that up by accepting that the bible was written by men, not god. But could they not cut a little slack and suggest that these men were truly inspired, but writing as  ordinary mortals, viewing extraordinary events?

That way they could keep the core message of the bible and neatly explain away the Book of Leviticus as the ramblings of a mad man. 

It would at least raise the level of debate from the average Christian on News 24.

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