Einstein on the Existence of Jesus

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Despite growing up Jewish, Einstein admits to being “enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene” (“What Life Means to Einstein: An Interview by George Sylvester Viereck,”The Saturday Evening Post, Oct. 26, 1929, p. 17).

During an interview by George Sylvester Viereck, Einstein had the following to say about Jesus....

George Viereck: “You accept the historical existence of Jesus?”

Einstein: “Unquestionably. No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. How different, for instance, is the impression which we receive from an account of legendary heroes of antiquity like Theseus. Theseus and other heroes of his type lack the authentic vitality of Jesus.”

George Viereck: “Ludwig Lewisohn, in one of his recent books, claims that many of the sayings of Jesus paraphrase the sayings of other prophets.”

Einstein: “No man,” Einstein replied, “can deny the fact that Jesus existed, nor that his sayings are beautiful. Even if some of them have been said before, no one has expressed them so divinely as he.”

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  ·  9 days ago

Upvoted. I am glad that Einstein was touched by the words of the Nazarene. Jesus Christ did reinterate many of the sayings of Moses and Old Testament prophets, but He gave the a new spin. He would say, "You've heard it said...but now, I tell you this..." Many Jews (and moral people today) think that they can obey the ten commandments and get to heaven. Jesus would teach on a commandment, show their limited understanding of it, and then He would make the commandment even harder to keep by applying in not to external performance but the actual motives of the heart.

In this way, He showed that all of us on our best days are sinners in need of a savior. Our pride doesn't want to hear that. But I tell you what, when you are at the end of your rope, and hanging on by a thread, as you recognize how much you fall short of the glory of God, it's good news to realize you can go to heaven based on the righteousness of another.

Thank God that Jesus Christ fulfilled the law perfectly, died in our place, and rose again to give us new life!

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Loved it thanks!

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Me too ... I love finding these obscure quotes by agnostics, athesists, Free Thinkers and others that show the depth of their studies and search for truth

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Me too so I'm happy you'll be putting those posts🙃

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Einstein's views on God and the real Jesus were quite interesting. It is my understanding that he also believed in an intelligent design and designer. Good post.

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  ·  7 days ago

einstein was a huge vector of opinion, immensely popular in his day and now, and even a bigger deal in science/physics.

it is in my view somewhat ancachronic to use the views of scientists to justify jesus or his teachings. i dont have any beef with jesus, but if his parables make a strong case for love and peace etc, and i think they do for the most part, then they need not the endorsement of science.

if anything, judging any scripture by the standards of science will do nothing but show how inaccurate religious understanding of existence actually was.

so one could state that religion , say the bible, isnt great because it got a few historical or scientific facts right, nor is science great because it confirms a few biblical events or a few scientists respect religious figures, they are each great for what each is in itself and things get messy when one is used as a measure for the other.

sorry, got carried away here, don't wanna start a debate or come off as against jesus, i'm not.
what i actually wanted to say initially is that this quote from the article sounds to me more representative for the whole thing and pretty relevant still:

"The twentieth century has established
the democracy of the intellect. In
the republic of art and science there are
many men who take an equally important
part in the intellectual movements of our
age. It is the epoch rather than the individual
that is important. There is no one
dominant personality like Galileo or Newton.
Even in the nineteenth century there
were still a few giants who outtopped all
others. Today the general level is much
higher than ever before in the history of
the world, but there are few men whoe
stature immediately lets them apart from
all others"

full article here if anyone is curios to read the whole thing:
http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/wp-content/uploads/satevepost/what_life_means_to_einstein.pdf