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Demon57 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed!
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godofwarlover Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Einstein is awesome
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
He certainly was.
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godofwarlover Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
I think everyone is trying to claim him as their own, either Theists or Atheists
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
They are, to be fair from what I know of his views, the best description of his religious beliefs would be that of a pantheist. Meaning that he believed the universe itself was what others might call God. He even went so far as to say that if he believes in a god, the it is Spinoza's God, who is considered one of Pantheisms most vocal advocates.
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godofwarlover Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
True he was a pantheist but they made up some urban legend about the problem of evil with him as the one who created a retort to it
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Really? Not sure I have come across that one.
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godofwarlover Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
It's basically a legend where a religious student retorts the atheistic teacher in the classroom
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Ah, I may have come across it actually. Yeah it always seemed very suspect to me.
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Saint-Tepes Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Albert Einstein:
"Your question [about God] is the most difficult in the world. It is not a question I can answer simply with yes or no. I am not an Atheist."

"science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."

""Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life."

"Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly."

"a person who is religiously enlightened appears to me to be one who has, to the best of his ability, liberated himself from the fetters of his selfish desires and is preoccupied with thoughts, feelings and aspirations to which he clings because of their super-personal value. It seems to me that what is important is the force of this superpersonal content ... regardless of whether any attempt is made to unite this content with a Divine Being, for otherwise it would not be possible to count Buddha and Spinoza as religious personalities. Accordingly a religious person is devout in the sense that he has no doubt of the significance of those super-personal objects and goals which neither require nor are capable of rational foundation ... In this sense religion is the age-old endeavor of mankind to become clearly and completely conscious of these values and goals and constantly to strengthen and extend their effect. If one conceives of religion and science according to these definitions then a conflict between them appears impossible. For science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be"
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ashkinmor2 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
I want proof.
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OpinionsProfile Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Don't forget this one: "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"


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codyrush Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
Really? Because last I checked the catholic church actually had the monopoly on german children and their education during the 3rd Reich. Adolph Hitler HIMSELF was a practicing catholic; as well he insisted God was his socio-political Virgil in 'Mein Kampf'.

Also I believe over a million or so "godless" communists, over seen and spear-headed by the Man of Steel, Joseph Stalin, a known atheist, had something to do with the Germans not taking over Europe before D-day.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
First of all you provide no original source material for your quotes, on what authority, exactly, do you say that he said these? Secondly please take a moment to read the quotes below (along with a statement of all original sources).

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.
If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the
unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our
science can reveal it.
-- Albert Einstein, 1954, from Albert Einstein: The Human Side, edited
by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman, Princeton University Press
I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of
what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and
actions of human beings.
-- Albert Einstein, following his wife's advice in responding to Rabbi
Herbert Goldstein of the International Synagogue in New York, who had
sent Einstein a cablegram bluntly demanding "Do you believe in God?"
Quoted from and citation notes derived from Victor J Stenger, Has
Science Found God? (draft: 2001), chapter 3.

Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short
visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From
the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know:
that man is here for the sake of other men -- above all for those upon
whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.
-- Albert Einstein, quoted from James A Haught, ed., 2000 Years of
Disbelief, p. 241

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his
creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short,
who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the
individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor
such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms.
-- Albert Einstein, obituary in New York Times, 19 April 1955, quoted
from James A Haught, "Breaking the Last Taboo" (1996)

I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics
to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind
it.
-- Albert Einstein, 1954, from Albert Einstein: The Human Side, edited
by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman, Princeton University Press

[Excerpt]
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy,
education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary.
Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of
punishment and hope of reward after death.
-- Albert Einstein, "Religion and Science," New York Times Magazine, 9
November 1930

[Passage]
It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological
concept which I cannot take seriously. I also cannot imagine some will
or goal outside the human sphere.... Science has been charged with
undermining morality, but the charge is unjust. A man's ethical behavior
should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and
needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor
way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward
after death.
-- Albert Einstein, "Religion and Science," New York Times Magazine, 9
November 1930
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codyrush Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
If I do believe in the divine than it is manifested in the optimistic assertion that mankind must necessarily evolve into beings more singular in purpose and function with the wellbeing of the universe. It seems indispensable if we're to carry on as a species.
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Dramira-Official Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love this quote. I'll be liking your page.
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Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It really is a horrible thing if the only holding you back from killling other people is fear of punishment
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AbaddonApo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He was a great man... And he DID NOT invented atomic bomb as people use to say.
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lbsenior Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
He highly recommended its creation with a signed letter to Roosevelt, making him a catalyst.
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AbaddonApo Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes because he feared that the nazi create one before the americans.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
You won't get any disagreement from me.
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RheJulMag Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Words to live for.
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DOTB18 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
It's kind of scary to think that fear and hope (as well as greed) are all that's keeping many theists in line.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
I don't think it is really, they just don't see it that way, and attribute their own morality on something else.
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oviedomedina Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Wholeheartedly agree with him!
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Lilshawster2 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, this is astounding. I've always found some of Albert Einstein's and H.P. Lovecraft's works very interesting.
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TrickyCreature Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, old Albert was right!
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Great quote! I'll have to fave this one :D
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Fantastic isn't it?
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Not a unique quote- but it's Einstein, the supreme genius, and by god it'll be nice to throw this in the face of the "Einstein was a believer" people.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
LoL yeah, they can get on my nerves occasionally.
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
If there's a sure way to spot theistic ignorance, that's the one.
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