A letter Albert Einstein wrote to philosopher Eric Gutkind is now up for sale on eBay. Einstein goes on about how he doesn’t feel there is a personal God and that the biblical stories are childish. He also said while he was proud of his Jewish heritage, he didn’t feel Jews were the chosen people.
I’ve always had a hard relationship with the notion of God. There is something to the idea of a higher being who started the universe. What role He has in how it works, how it changes, morphs and is interpreted, I’m not so sure. I’m definitely of the prime mover school. Still trying to iron out the kinks.
Immanuel Kant held that there are concepts that people can never fully grasp because of their almost phantom nature. They exist purely in our minds and not the empirical world. Freedom was one. Immortality was another. Then there was God.These ideas exist without observable evidence but yet they permeate every culture of man. We all have our own idea about God, freedom and immortality
But what about Christ? Muhammad? Ghandi? Elvis? Real people with real impact on their world. There is testimony, observation, recordings in some cases. Can you intuit God through any existing or previously existing being? Not sure if Kant had an answer for that. I know I sure as hell don’t.
Kant is right about one thing though. These ideas of freedom, immortality, God, the persist no matter the person. We all think about these things though we come to different conclusions.
That means something. Not sure what. It does reaffirm my belief that there is something more than us that put this complex machine into motion.
That something is real even if we can’t wrap our heads around it.