Who Is God? Einstein letter dismissing God sells for $330,000 US - World. A letter written by Albert Einstein in which he dismissed belief in God as a "product of human weaknesses" was auctioned off Thursday for more than $330,000 US, destroying previous selling records of letters by the renowned physicist. The letter, written in German in 1954 to philosopher Eric Gutkind, was sold in London, England, by Bloomsbury Auctions to a private collector. It had initially been expected to fetch between $12,000 US and $16,000 US. "It beats the world record for an Einstein letter by about four times," managing director Rupert Powell told the Guardian newspaper.
"It's a massive difference. " In the letter, Einstein writes "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. " Einstein, who was Jewish, also rejects the notion that Jews were God’s chosen people. Godchecker.com - Your Guide To The Gods. Mythology with a twist! God instructs stoner grandfather to become smelly: He avoids bathing for 37 years.
Some say cleanliness is next to godliness, but not Guru Kailash Singh who quit bathing 37 years ago, because he believe he’d be rewarded for his sacrifice.Kailash, 65, a farmer from India, stopped using soap and water in 1974, after his wedding. He also hasn’t cut his dreadlocks, according to the news agency Barcroft.It wasn’t because he no longer needed to attract the ladies that he let himself go. Kailash reportedly abandoned washing because a priest told him it would help him produce a son.With seven daughters born since then, he’s still waiting for a male heir.Each evening, Kailash winds down the day with a “fire bath” ritual of smoking marijuana, praying to the Hindu god Shiva and dancing around a campfire.There was one failed attempt by his family to force him into a stream.
‘He fought us off and ran away,’ his wife Kalavati Devi, 60, told Barcroft. ‘We’ve tried several times since to force him to have a shower but he puts up such a fuss. Which god put you up to this, Kailash? Stephen Hawking: 'There is no heaven; it's a fairy story' | Science. A belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a "fairy story" for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking has said. In a dismissal that underlines his firm rejection of religious comforts, Britain's most eminent scientist said there was nothing beyond the moment when the brain flickers for the final time.
Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, shares his thoughts on death, human purpose and our chance existence in an exclusive interview with the Guardian today. The incurable illness was expected to kill Hawking within a few years of its symptoms arising, an outlook that turned the young scientist to Wagner, but ultimately led him to enjoy life more, he has said, despite the cloud hanging over his future. "I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first," he said.
What is the value in knowing "Why are we here? " So here we are. Top Ten List. God's Wife Edited Out of the Bible -- Almost. ‘God is a Myth!’ Raelian Movement launches atheistic campaign. The International Raelian Movement (www.rael.org) has just launched the next phase of its atheistic campaign by purchasing very high profile billboard space on the busy I-15 southbound freeway in Las Vegas. Each month for the next six months, hundreds of thousands of people will see the huge “GOD IS A MYTH” message while commuting or visiting the city.Ricky Roehr, leader for the North American Raelian Movement, explained why the Raelians plan to make this huge public statement that will possibly upset so many Christians and members of other religious faiths.
“If you drive the freeway between Vegas and Los Angeles, you’ll see several signs warning drivers to follow the Bible or else face eternal hell,” he said. “Those signs are designed to make viewers feel fear and guilt. We want to counterbalance that fear by letting them know there is no God or Devil. There’s no need to live in fear. I don’t know what the Raelians teach, but be aware that there are different “hedonistic values”. Fantastic Beliefs. Anyone interested in the history of religions will inevitably become familiar with all manner of truly fantastic stories and beliefs. Whether we are talking about the soul flights and death duels of shamans, the avatars and exploits of Vishnu, or the appearance of Moroni and golden tablets of Joseph Smith, all religious traditions have their share of stories that strike outsiders as simply bizarre.
For those of us who grow up and live in a Christian milieu, familiarity can sometimes dampen this sense of strangeness; thus, it is sometimes refreshing to hear portions of the story re-characterized by outsiders. Here is one such re-casting: I have always considered Scientology’s stories to be particularly absurd, especially the whole thetan thing, but when I read about invisible evil forces in the soul and cosmic cannibalism, I cannot say the stories are much different from one another.
Did you like this? James Randi Speaks: Questioning the Bible. James Randi on God. James Randi about atheism and religion 1-2. Randi01. Get a stripped-down copy of this page. I like James Randi. I really do. I look forward to his weekly articles on his website, the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). Few people have the time, resources, desire, intelligence and wit to look into, challenge and even debunk the absurd claims of the charlatans and con-artists that plague this world.
From “psychics” such as Sylvia Brown to “mediums” like John Edward - who is featured on the Sci-Fi Channel, appropriately enough - to people who hawk devices with advertised abilities that are too good to be true, and usually are. James Randi can smell their doody a mile away. Perhaps even two. Sadly, Mr. Now, that bit of frivolity aside, let’s move on to Mr.
This week's page will be devoted entirely to religion. A strange statement to make, considering many of the psychics and whatnot he criticizes claim to have gotten their powers from God - something he admits in the very next sentence. Mr. Unfortunately for Mr. Yes, it can. Mr. Mr. Religion and Philosophy. God on Trial: The Verdict.