A friend posted this video on Facebook: Does God Exist?
A quick web search revealed that this is actually a TV campaign from the Republic of Macedonia. The campaign proposed to bring religion back to the schools.
First things first: I don’t think it is, but let’s just assume that the logic of this argument is correct. Then I don’t see any reason why the same logic can’t be applied to prove the existence of Evil too. One can argue that God is non-existent (like cold) and merely the absence of Evil. And why just God? The same logic can be used to prove the non-existence of almost every opposing phenomena that tickle your fancy (like love and hate, honesty and treachery etc.)
This is bad logic at its best and “lying for Jesus” at its worst. Yes, lying. Because there’s no evidence that the renowned scientist had anything to do with this incident – if it ever happened. (Here’s a starter if you have a doubt.)
This is not the first time Einstein’s name is used by theists to profess their belief. The most famous and eagerly quoted remark is: “Science without religion is lame, and religion without science is blind”. Yes, he did say that. But he also said the following:
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 most likely a pantheist – and definitely not a theist. But cherry-picking his quotes and fabricating stories (like the one in the video above) to support their side of the argument is a tactic the theists have been using for a long time. No surprises there.