|Albert Einstein (1879-1955)|
An appreciative thought: whether we capitalize it as Spirit or not as spirit, there is here a recognition of a higher "something." Einstein avoids the word, God, but no matter. "Something" lurks behind the physical world and its laws, dimly perceived in a corner of science's pursuit of knowledge. In some vague sense, it seems to us to be a "phenomenon" parallel to the "phenomenon" of the human spirit, but vastly greater. "Something" is there. Science alone will never figure out what that something is.
A critical reflection: a couple of years ago, I shared with readers a series of four postings (beginning here) on the relationship of prayer to science, making the point that non-theistic scientists often dismiss prayer on the basis of their own theological bias against the idea of god rather than on the basis of the nature of prayer itself. Einstein does precisely that here. Since for him there is no personal god involved in the workings of nature, he reasons that prayer does not work. The experience of people of faith across many faiths and over thousands of years finds that assertion itself to be naïve. Always, always, always beware of non-theistic scientists when they write about matters of the Spirit and theology. Their ignorance of what they write about is generally abysmal.