Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Monday, December 14, 2009

My "Quote-mining" Einstein

"[Ray said] 'The quote from Einstein at the top of the blog isn't out of context.' Of course it is, Ray. You didn't provide any context at all there. Did you even search for its context? Where did Einstein write this? When and where did he write this (so everyone can look it up)? Is it even genuine?" Geert A.

"I agree with you guys who are saying Ray is misusing Einstein's quote . . . I think we can just leave Ray to quote mine and misuse people's statements as he will and let everyone judge for themselves what that says about his character." DeoVacuus

I am continually accused by atheists of taking the quote from Einstein (at the top of this blog) "out of context" (quote-mining). So here is the full quote taken in context directly from The Expanded Quotable Einstein, Princeton University, page 214:

"In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views."

Here are more in context quotes from Einstein about his belief in God. Notice that although Einstein didn’t believe in a personal God (as revealed in the Bible), he wanted to know "His" thoughts, referred to God as "He," acknowledged that He reveals "Himself," asks how God "created this world," and refers to "His" thoughts. In other words, it is clear that he wasn’t a pantheist (that God and nature are one in the same--see his below quote: "I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist."):

"I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details."

"God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically."

"Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."

"I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangements of the books, but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God."

"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior Spirit who reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind."

"Every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe-a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble."

"When the solution is simple, God is answering."

"God does not play dice with the universe."

"God is subtle but He is not malicious."