Hey, we’ve heard theists cite the authority of Einstein in service to their superstitions often enough: practically every colloquial mention of a god by Einstein seems to get reiterated to support a claim that he was a fellow believer. There’s an obscure Einstein letter going up for auction that’s got some juicy stuff to fire back, though.
Keep this one in mind next time someone tries to tell you that Einstein was on their side:
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.
This comment will start a few flames:
For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything ‘chosen’ about them.
Note, please, that Einstein’s views are not a final authority here, and you’re nuts if you decide you should be godless because Einstein was — this is simply more useful information to oppose arguments from authority.