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There is only one Truth by AAtheist There is only one Truth by AAtheist
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Saint-Tepes 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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:iconaatheist:
Well aren't you the unimaginative one? No worries I'll just give you the same reply I did last time.

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 Jun 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
Dude, is this guy trolling you? I already pointed out to him that his argument about the Church being the singular champion against the 1,000 year Reich was unconscionable horse shit. In lieu of the fact Hitler himself was an active catholic and that Germany's youth were prominently catholic as well; and were educated by catholic priests and nuns.

I also pointing out the dreaded godless communists who risked a million of their asses to stop Germany's eastern front dead in the snow. All of whom answered to an atheist leader, Joseph Stalin.
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:iconaatheist:
Yeah he just blasted my Einstein images with these quotes and then didn't bother looking at the replies. Obviously not interested in an actual debate, just reinforcing their own beliefs.
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codyrush Jun 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
Imposing your theological points of view on people with belligerent self-righteousness is a staple in religion. [link]

It's everything to do with the mentalities aggrandized in the Bible: Moses confronts the Pharaoh in his palace, his home. Then what does he do? He forces his demands on the pharaoh: he doesn't ask, he tells him 'let my people go, or shit's going to get biblical'. No persuasion, just threats and a magic act with a stick. Then come the plagues, where basically the Abrahamic faiths contend, to this DAY, that terrorism is okay as long as a divine patriarch with no one to answer to does it. Even at the cost of innocent children.

This kind of lunacy persists all the way into the new testament.

Christ goes into the temple, the property of the Jewish people, and beats the money lenders off the premises. A public place of worship (where these lenders obviously have consent) and one man feels compelled to push his aggression on others. All in the name of God: and this is the central figure in the whole compendium of Christian scriptures. This is the peaceful guy.

To this day my family still justifies the killing of the firstborns. The irony? These people are "pro-life".
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:iconaatheist:
Religious hypocrisy is pretty universal.
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:iconsatanicjoy:
That's true. Einstein has said some pretty wise stuff in his life.
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