Albert Einstein: Pantheist or deist?
|March 19, 2017||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Religion, Science|
From writer and filmmaker Paul Ratner at BigThink:
Some (including the scientist himself) have called Einstein’s spiritual views as pantheism, largely influenced by the philosophy of Baruch Spinoza. Pantheists see God as existing but abstract, equating all of reality with divinity. They also reject a specific personal God or a god that is somehow endowed with human attributes.
Himself a famous atheist, Richard Dawkins calls Einstein’s pantheism a “sexed-up atheism,” but other scholars point to the fact that Einstein did seem to believe in a supernatural intelligence that’s beyond the physical world. He referred to it in his writings as “a superior spirit,” “a superior mind” and a “spirit vastly superior to men”. Einstein was possibly a deist, although he was quite familiar with various religious teachings, including a strong knowledge of Jewish religious texts. More.
It does not sound as though Einstein was a metaphysical naturalist, as are large numbers of elite scientists today. Could naturalism be one reason some fields are basically stuck? (“We need fresh thinking here but humans did not evolve so as to perceive reality”)
In this connection, does anyone remember Antony Flew? Antony Flew died at 87 in 2010:
Roy Varghese has just notified me of the death of Professor emeritus Antony Flew, the rationalist philosopher who died on April 8 aged 87, spent much of his life denying the existence of God, and then in 2004, dramatically changed his mind.
See also: Antony Flew considered Richard Dawkins a bigot.
Evolution bred a sense of reality out of us
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One suspects no further information will ever be available. Here is a Dawkinsian take on the subject.