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Posted by Michael W. Pearson on December 4, 2001 19:21:00 UTC


On one hand, he said,"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary."
_The World as I See It_ (1914)

On the other hand, he said, "Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind."
_The World as I See It_ (1914)

Theology is Webster-defined as "the study of God and the relations between God and the universe"
(1966)

Theologians dismiss what they consider erroneous versions of God, as did Einstein:
"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are moulded after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty."
- quoted in New York Times obituary, April 19, 1955

However, he made many statements, some famous, describing what he believed are God's ways:
"God does not play dice"
"The Lord God is subtle, but malicious he is not."
"I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are details."
By my loose definition, this statement is also theology: "Man is here for the sake of other men."

Finally, "Wheover undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledged is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."

All Einstein quotes here are from
_The Great Thoughts_ compiled by George Seldes

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