Man, too, is more than flesh and blood; otherwise, no religions would have been possible.
Behind each cause is still another cause; the end or the beginning of all causes has yet to be found.
The concentration camps make the actions of Ghengis Khan look like child's play. 65: "I don't like to implant in youth the Church's doctrine of a personal God, because that Church has behaved so inhumanely in the past 2000 years. Consider the hate the Church manifested against the Jews and then against the Muslims, the Crusades with their crimes, the burning stakes of the Inquisition, the tacit consent of Hitler's actions while the Jews and the Poles dug their own graves and were slaughtered. The truly religious man has no fear of life and no fear of death—and certainly no blind faith; his faith must be in his conscience. It would have been fine if the spirit of religion had guided the Church; instead, the Church determined the spirit of religion.
Statements by Einstein from Essays Presented to Leo Baeck on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday (1954), p.
26; Baeck's birthday was ; Einstein Archives 28-962.
When we add up the generations of the Bible, we come to 5700-plus years. God could have put the fossils in the ground and juggled the light arriving from distant galaxies to make the world appear to be billions of years old. God being infinite could have made the world that way. In trying to resolve this apparent conflict, it's interesting to look historically at trends in knowledge, because absolute proofs are not forthcoming.
Whereas, data from the Hubble telescope or from the land based telescopes in Hawaii, indicate the age at about 15 billion years. There is another possible approach that also agrees with the ancient commentators’ description of God and nature. But what is available is to look at how science has changed its picture of the world, relative to the unchanging picture of the Torah.
Albert Einstein, Telegram () sent to prominent Americans. In Robert Andrews Famous Lines: a Columbia Dictionary of Familiar Quotations (1997), 340.
Variations exist due to different translations from the original German.
Sidelights on Relativity (1922), translation by GB Jeffrey and W Perrett of "Äther und Relativitätstheorie" (Aether and Relativity Theory), a talk given on at the University of Leiden, and "Geometrie und Erfahrung" (Geometry and Experience), a lecture given at the Prussian Academy published in Sitzungsberichte der Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1921 (pt. 123–130 It can scarcely be denied that the supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience.
We find precisely among the heretics of all ages men who were inspired by this highest religious experience; often they appeared to their contemporaries as atheists, but sometimes also as saints.
Some quotes are from The New Quotable Einstein (2005) edited by Alice Calaprice, pp.
120-121, others from Ideas and Opinions by Albert Einstein (1954), where they appear in the section "Aphorisms for Leo Baeck." Human knowledge and skills alone cannot lead humanity to a happy and dignified life.
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving...