Bertrand Russell explains Ray Comfort

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  • slc1

    Crackpot Comfort is so completely ignorant that, in all probability, he is unaware of the fact that Spinoza was excommunicated from the synagogue in Amsterdam for heresy.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    ‘Banana Man’ couldn’t tell spit from Spinoza.

  • Paul W., OM

    There are better quotes to show how atheistic Einstein was.

    http://atheism.about.com/od/einsteingodreligion/tp/Einstein-on-a-Personal-God.htm

    What he called “God” wasn’t a person, and doesn’t seem to be much of anything besides an attitudinal thing, e.g.

    It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously. I also cannot imagine some will or goal outside the human sphere….

    and

    It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.

    Einstein was an agnostic atheist who shared a lot of physicists’ tendency to throw the term “God” around in stupid ways, as a stand in for “deep” or “fundamental” or “really neato.”

    (More recently, Hawking has made it clear that his use of “God” doesn’t mean, you know, God.)

    Almost all top physicist are outright atheists—even if they prefer the term “agnostic”—who not only don’t believe in God, but think it’s a really dumbass idea.

    Anything that isn’t a supernatural person shouldn’t be called “God.” (See Richard Carrier and especially Pascal Boyer on what “supernatural” means. It always involves mental or mind-like teleological properties.)

    Anything that doesn’t even have any person-like traits—e.g, knowledge, beliefs, or preferences—is a simply ridiculous thing to call God. It’s unlike anything anybody in any culture has ever called “God” in earnest, and is at best a thoroughly lousy metaphor for anything anybody could reasonably mean by “God.”

    • http://nojesusnopeas.blogspot.com James Sweet

      To be fair, Einstein also specifically disclaimed the label “atheist” as well. I actually think that if you were only going to take one quote to sum up Einstein’s public statements on the topic of religion, the “Spinoza’s God” quote is a pretty fair representation: Einstein was by no means a theist, but the totality of his statements suggest he was a bit pantheistic-ish (although he disclaimed that label too).

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Einstein: I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly.

    Paul W., OM: Einstein was an agnostic atheist who shared a lot of physicists’ tendency to throw the term “God” around in stupid ways, as a stand in for “deep” or “fundamental” or “really neato.”

    Yes, but you don’t get to throw the term “God” around in stupid ways and then claim that you have expressed yourself clearly.
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    Einstein said many stupid things on the topic of science and religion, which i have expounded on elsewhere.

  • Trebuchet

    Russell is smarter than Comfort. Even though he’s dead.

  • Annatar

    Ray comfort is so mind-numbingly stupid, that…I don’t even know how to finish that sentence.

  • mnb0

    Indeed this has been discussed on Mano Singham’s blog. See Ronald S’s link. It seems to me that Einstein, as far as he was religious, had lost his faith before he died.

  • Cephas Borg

    What numbs my nuts is that you can’t even ARGUE with the Ray Comfort creatures of the world. Just like the Discovery Institute (now there’s an oxymoron for you), ALL the creatard blogs and websites are either comment-disabled (e.g. William “Two Citations” Lane Craig) or heavily moderated.

    You can’t have a realistic argument with anyone who won’t actually listen to anything outside their own head.

    I’m sure there’s an equation for the religiosity of any given media portal, where the more fundamental or creationist it is, the less likely it is to have unmoderated comments…


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