Questions About God: Einstein

“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.”  Albert Einstein

albert einsteinThis statement by Einstein shows one of the problems with anthropomorphism, the attribution of human qualities to nonhumans, in this case, God.  When we anthropomorphize God there are consequences we may not have considered, such as, the problem of unbelief—because who wishes to believe in a God who would be so petty as the God Einstein describes above, and yet, that is exactly what many of us are taught.  There are other limitations engendered by this very human habit, all of them limiting our imaginations, our thinking and our ability to know.

“Almost everything said of God is unworthy, for the very reason that it is capable of being said.”  Pope Gregory the Great


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