And the Drool-o-tron™ would not let us sleep. Its blaring sirens and flashing lights kept us awake, and the blinking letters of its wall display said WorldNetDaily (WND). Our computer was locked onto WND’s latest article, Was world’s most famous scientist a believer?
So we yielded to the Drool-o-tron™ and started to read:
Within the scientific community, a debate has raged for years: Was Albert Einstein an atheist? Like the stories swirling about the legend of Charles Darwin, it seems many on either side of the “faith and science” divide wish either that the scientific icon who fled Nazi Germany was a believer in God or an outright denier.
Into this raging argument steps Ray Comfort.
Ray Comfort? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He’s best known for his starring role in Ray Comfort’s “Banana video”. We had to see what this new article was all about. The sub-title gave us a sense of what was coming: “Jim Fletcher reviews ‘Einstein, God & the Bible’.” Ah, it’s a book review of something Comfort has written. Okay, here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
[Comfort] has a new book, “Einstein, God & the Bible,” which offers provocative evidence that … well, you’ll have to read the book to discover Comfort’s conclusions about Einstein’s views of God. Rest assured, however, it is a fascinating, well-worth-the-time read that offers startling insights into the subject. [Ellipsis in the original.]
Throughout the article are links that lead to ads for the book. We’ll omit those, of course. Let’s read on:
In the book’s foreword, Ken Ham offers a perspective on how atheists view Einstein:
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! A book by Ray Comfort with a forward by ol’ Hambo! No wonder the Drool-o-tron™ was so insistent. Hambo’s forward is quoted:
In the propaganda war carried out today by the ‘angry atheists’ (as they have been dubbed), their standard-bearer is often the late great scientist Albert Einstein. In fact, why not use him as their poster boy, the atheists would argue, if he was the smartest man in the world of the past century and also an atheist? After all, if the most brilliant man in the world was an atheist, then shouldn’t all of us be smart enough to follow him and be atheists ourselves?
Usually it’s the other way around, with creationists arguing that people like Isaac Newton were religious, therefore … . You know how it goes. Although we’ve all read various blogs and other writings by atheists, does anyone remember any of them making an appeal to an authority like Einstein? Well, we’ve quoted Einstein’s objection to using a God of the gaps argument, but the logic speaks for itself. A pure argument from authority (“Einstein said it, so you should believe it”) is a tactic used by creationists, not atheists. Our guess is that ol’ Hambo is making it up. The WND book review continues:
Comfort provides a plethora of actual quotes from the man himself. For example: “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.”
We’ve all seen those quotes. If Comfort presents them out of context, with Einstein’s other writings on religion omitted, the result will be a distorted, one-sided picture. A better perspective might be gained by reading Einstein’s essay Science and Religion. It’s the source of a widely-repeated quote: “science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
But he also said in that same piece: “During the youthful period of mankind’s spiritual evolution human fantasy created gods in man’s own image, who, by the operations of their will were supposed to determine, or at any rate to influence, the phenomenal world.” At no time that we’re aware of did Einstein declare his belief in a deity, only in the utility of religion in the sphere of morality.
Here’s more from WND. It’s a quote from Comfort’s book:
“Although he clearly didn’t believe in a personal God (as revealed in the Bible),” Comfort contends, “Einstein wrote that he wanted to know ‘His’ thoughts, referred to God as ‘He,’ and acknowledged that He revealed ‘Himself.’ So, it is clear from his own writings that he didn’t believe the Creator of the universe was simply an unthinking ‘force.’ He gave God a gender, and he asked how God ‘created this world.’ In other words, it is evident that Albert Einstein wasn’t a pantheist (one who thinks that God and nature are one and the same). Neither did he profess atheism, of which he is often accused by atheists.”
Oooooooh! Einstein gave God a gender. Well, that decides the matter. Skipping a bunch, here’s the last paragraph:
Launching from his fascinating subject, Comfort deftly uses the book’s platform to make a compelling case for a Creator, so that “Einstein, God & the Bible” becomes a powerful apologetic for pastors or youth leaders, especially, to instruct youth. The research Comfort puts into the book, along with his own insights – gained from decades in evangelistic ministry – makes “Einstein, God & the Bible” a powerful argument in opposing atheists, who want to use Einstein as Exhibit A for their worldview.
Somewhere, drooling creationists will be walking around with Comfort’s book, and they’ll carry it so everyone can see that it has “Einstein” in the title. They’ll want everyone to notice that they’re reading something really deep, and they’ll be so proud of themselves.
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