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Einstein's God: Albert Einstein's Quest As a Scientist and As a Jew to Replace a Forsaken God

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This book reveals Albert Einstein's lifelong search for spiritual fulfillment - a fulfillment he sought in science and Jewish tradition - and adds to the growing literature concerning physicists and their relationships to religion and God. Robert N. Goldman has studied the vast library of Einstein's personal letters and other archival materials to uncover the legendary thinker's pursuit of spiritual understanding. Important philosophical influences are examined, and their integration with Einstein's theories regarding time and space are imparted by selections from his own writings. The author's thoughtful investigation of the sources further illuminates Einstein's thought processes and theology.

About the Author

Albert Einstein (1879 1955) was born in Germany and became an American citizen in 1940. A world-famous theoretical physicist, he was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics and is renowned for his Theory of Relativity. In addition to his scientific work, Einstein was an influential humanist who spoke widely about politics, ethics, and social causes. After leaving Europe, Einstein taught at Princeton University. His theories were instrumental in shaping the atomic age.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc. (December 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568219830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568219837
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,529,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Daniel A. Spiro on May 5, 2006
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Albert Einstein has become almost a symbol for the concept of human intelligence. But what I admire most about Einstein wasn't so much his intelligence but his wisdom. In Einstein's God, Robert Goldman displays that wisdom in a manner that those of us of lesser intelligence can understand.

Einstein's God is nothing less than the God of Spinoza, the 17th century Dutch Jew who was excommunicated by the Amsterdam rabbinate for his heretical views. Goldman fully acknowledges Einstein's love of, and indebtedness to, Spinoza. But Goldman also explains how Einstein was able to extend Spinoza's concepts through his own theory of relativity, which unifies the notions of "space" and "time" into a single "spacetime" continuum. Readers with an interest in exploring the concept of immortality should find Goldman's discussion fascinating on that point.

I was saddened to see that nine years after this wonderful little book was published, nobody had reviewed it on Amazon.com. I can only blame that on the reality that Einstein's spirituality has failed to capture the public's imagination. What a shame. In an era where people become best selling authors by claiming to have "conversations" with God, we are neglecting our true geniuses who pursued God with the greatest of humility.

Descartes taught us that since we think, we must exist. But Einstein taught us that since we can contemplate the ultimate, the eternal, the infinite -- and since our own thoughts will never even approach that standard -- who are we to doubt its existence? And who are we to say that the word "God" shouldn't be used to describe such ultimacy?

Indeed, maybe the modern scientist doesn't "need" God. But no lesser a scientist than Einstein realized that we might still "want" God just the same.
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Robert Goldman is "a pioneering computer scientist"; he wrote in the first chapter of this 1997 book, "Though he had scant regard for religious ritual, [Einstein] was fascinated by the word 'God' and used it often in casual conversation... one of Einstein's more thought-provoking lines about God, which he expressed to Leo Szilard, is known by very few: 'As long as you pray to God and ask him for SOMETHING, you are not a religious man.'" (Pg. 1-2)

Einstein said at a 1940 Jewish Theological Seminary Symposium, "In their struggle for the ethical good, teachers of religion must have the stature to give up the doctrine of a personal God, that is, give up that source of fear and hope which in the past placed such vast power in the hands of priests... After religious teachers accomplish the refining process indicated they will surely recognize with joy that true religion has been ennobled and made more profound by scientific knowledge." (Pg. 4)

He said, "Atheists are creatures who... cannot hear the music of the spheres." Goldman notes, "In his last year he said of himself, 'I am a deeply religious nonbeliever.' Though he rejected the idea of a personal God, he searched for what he believed transcended that idea, drawing from Jewish tradition in doing so." (Pg. 5) During the time when the Nazis were persecuting Jewish people under their power Einstein wrote, "I believe that it would be a real loss if the Jewish tradition as such went out of being. I find that the ideal of an openhearted humanness is better incorporated in our Jewish tradition than in the tradition of any other such community which brings together so many individuals. I believe too that by keeping our Jewish tradition, it serves the ideal of humanity." (Pg.
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Passages from this book are quite often cited to demonstrate that Einstein had some degree of "faith", and that he believed that Jesus was an actual historical figure. However, there seems to be very little information and evidence to back up the claims made by this book. Considering its subject matter is indeed controversial and the book is out of print, I would consider its source and legitimacy dubious at best.

There are better documented sources of information on Einstein's thoughts on religion. Most recently, a letter was sold at auction in London:

Albert Einstein described belief in God as "childish superstition" and said Jews were not the chosen people, in a letter to be sold in London the week of May 12, 2008.

The father of relativity, whose previously known views on religion have been more ambivalent and fuelled much discussion, made the comments in response to a philosopher in 1954.

As a Jew himself, Einstein said he had a great affinity with Jewish people but said they "have no different quality for me than all other people".

"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," he wrote in the letter written on January 3, 1954 to the philosopher Eric Gutkind, cited by The Guardian newspaper.

The German-language letter is being sold Thursday by Bloomsbury Auctions in Mayfair after being in a private collection for more than 50 years, said the auction house's managing director Rupert Powell.
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