Wednesday, 14 May 2008

God can't take credit for people falling in love, either

Albert Einstein, born Jewish (and offered the position of second president of Israel - what the fuck?) and known as much for being a kindly old man who said things like "Gravity can not be held responsible for people falling in love" as for introducing one of the biggest and most profound paradigm shifts in modern physics, let alone the most recognisable mathematics equation ever, has also been held up by many theists for having religious beliefs, ergo God exists.

Leaving aside the collosal logical and everything else fallacy of that argument, it was flat out wrong, and wrong in a way that is not only comprehensive but in actual fact beautiful. Einstein may have produced the best description of the bible I have ever heard (apart from "I would never read that book! It's full of sex, violence and salacious gossip!"):

"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."

Hear, hear. Author! Author!

In 1954 he wrote a letter to philosopher Eric Gutkind (which, interestingly enough, translates as Goodchild - aren't you glad you know that?) in which he said that and a lot more, and said it eloquently and unequivocally. Story from ABC News.

In other news, the Vatican is going on more we're-still-refusing-to-accept-that-we're-outdated arse-covering by saying that God may have created aliens, and they may still be in a loving relationship with God without having committed original sin but hey, if they're not, we need to infect them with Jesus too (Also from the ABC). Oh, just give up.

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