EINSTEIN CHANGE HIS MIND ABOUT GOD'S EXISTENCE?
Recently a British newspaper announced that a letter
by Einstein had been sold which contained “new revelations” about
Einstein’s views on God, the Bible and the Jews. In this letter the famous
physicist reportedly wrote to the Jewish philosopher, Eric Gutkind
“... 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).[i]
The conclusion of some is that this
statement unequivocally proves that Einstein concluded his life as an
atheist. It is the view of this author that this conclusion
In trying to understand Einstein’s statements, we must keep in
mind the following:
Einstein, for decades had
been clear and unequivocal about believing in “Spinoza’s God," and that
he did not believe in the “personal” God of the Bible, or that the Bible was
divine in origin.
His views were consistent over
many years, and there no
other evidence of any departure from such views.
The context of the letter appears to be Gutkind’s elevation of Jewish
"Monotheism," that is
a personal God.
appears reasonable to conclude, therefore, that in using the word “God”
Einstein may have simply referred to the concept of a Monotheistic Personal
God, which he had already
Unless something drastic happened in his thinking at the end of his life, it
is the view of this author that Einstein’s pantheism may have remained,
It is conceivable that more material may come forth in the future that might
further elucidate if there really was any evolution in Einstein’s
theological thinking. Until then, it is the view of this author that the
above-mentioned “revelation” may not be a revelation at all, but a
confirmation of views that Einstein had asserted and been faithful to for
See the following page for a chronological discussion of Einstein's views on
"Letter to Eric Gutkind."Trans. Joan Stambaugh . Print. <http://www.relativitybook.com/resources/Einstein_religion.html>.