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    I like this one, from our most revered God-believing scientific genius.

    "Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish"

    -Albert Einstein
     
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    I do not doubt the accuracy of the quote.

    However, Einstein did not believe in a personal God
    who intervened in human affairs, or who judged mankind,
    as portrayed in the scriptures.
     
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    "I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings." - Albert Einstein

    Although he may not have believed in a personal God, the fact that he believed, at least, in a higher power is pretty cool.
     
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    I think it's cool when religious people believe in physics!
     
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    Hopefully this doesn't come as any kind of giant shock to you.
     
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    Is that really a god, or is he just using it as a metaphor for nature? In any case it doesn't seem like the god portrayed in the Bible or derivatives.

    Personally I like it when Nick Faldo refers to "the golf gods" but I doubt he is being literal.
     
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    Einstein believed in a creator of the Universe.

    He also believed that random things don't happen (i.e. Quantum physics) because, God doesn't play dice*.

    *Actual Einstein quote
     
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    Specifically what kind of god did he believe in, or was he unsure of the details?
     
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    I would like to see a quotation spelling out his views
    on creation, if he gave any.

    Here is a link which provides good range and depth
    on Einstein's religious views, which were not at all
    in conformance with organized religion, and in fact
    attacked its foundations:

    http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/quotes_einstein.html

    (from the link, all emphasis added):
    It was specificall Quantum Mechanics which aroused
    Einstein's oppostion.

    In spite this oppostition, Quantum Mechanics remains
    to this day unassailable. If it is not the whole truth,
    it is almost surely part of the whole truth.
     
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    " I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the type of which we are conscious in ourselves"

    This pretty much sums up why the idea of god/gods has never appealed to me. Doesn't take an Einstein.
     

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