"The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this."
Albert Einstein, in a letter responding to philosopher Eric Gutkind, who had sent him a copy of his book Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt.
I disagree with Einstein over the "honourable" bit. I suspect he was merely being polite though.
I was subjected to a drive-by evangelising by an anonymous monotheist and I've decided to write about it because it's easy to do (unlike all the other stuff I've planned to write about). He or she is most likely Christian judging from the modus operandi: ignorance and lies. Let's see the video that that person asked me to watch,
Someone please punch that annoying git of a child in the nuts.
The comment that came with that video suggestion read verbatim,
dear k0k s3n w4i,
maybe this video would give u some thoughts about God and this universe.
The first thing any people of faith needs to know about atheists is that we are not as stupid or as gullible like most religious people are (
Now that I've gotten that out of my system, I shall destroy the assertions of the above video in two parts,
Fake Einstein's Arguments
What the atheist teacher brought up is an infantile version of the philosophical Problem of Evil, and I've always felt that Epicurus phrased it best,
"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then He is not omnipotent.
Is He able, but not willing? Then He is malevolent.
Is He both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is He neither able nor willing? Then why call Him God?"
Fake Einstein's argument in the video is that evil doesn't actually exists. He said that just as cold is the absence of heat and darkness is the absence of light, evil is actually the absence of good - or as he inelegantly put it, "God's love in one's heart". Which is a perfectly valid argument if goodness is an actual quantifiable variable like heat or light. This is where the metaphor breaks down: goodness doesn't exist either. What we perceive as goodness is a metaphysical concept that can never be objectively defined or measured. So saying that evil is the absence of good is only about as true as saying good is the absence of evil. Meaningless. Waffles.
Any halfway decent student of science should be able to point out this flaw in Fake Einstein's argument. The teacher who got his ass handed to him rhetorically is a caricature of an atheist, written just to convey an argument lamely just so he can stand back quietly while a Hero of the Faith takes him on and shits in his mouth. It's pathetic that the only time people of God can win is when they create a closed, controlled scenario in which their opponent is a strawman that can't even refute a broken metaphor. Want a real challenge? Debate me.
Einstein was an Irreligious
He was either a deist or a pantheist - this I cannot be sure of. But what I can say with certainty is that he was someone who thinks that stories of Abraham's God are absolute bunkum, as characterised by a quote of his above this page. And Einstein said many, many things about religion in his time, and none of them are flattering. Here's another sampler,
"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms."
Albert Einstein, obituary in New York Times, 19 April 1955
"I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it."
Einstein, 1954, from Albert Einstein: The Human Side
"It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously."
Albert Einstein, Religion and Science,
New York Times Magazine, 9 November 1930
I think people who claim to be members of God's party need to stop disseminating misinformation, and I'm not just talking about their scriptures and doctrines here either. I'm all for having my own beliefs (or unbelief) challenged and it is because of that reason I read more polemics by religious scholars than I do atheist works; but please do me the favour of sparing me bullshit like the story in this YouTube video which I can take apart in my fucking sleep. I'm on vacation in Butterworth now and literally just got out of bed minutes ago, not having brushed my teeth even.
You have no idea how much I hunger for intelligent arguments from God's side. To date, I have not faced a single one.
Woke up feeling mean,
k0k s3n w4i