Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Einstein, on Intelligent Design

"You will hardly find one among the profounder sort of scientific minds without a religious feeling of his own.

....His religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection. This feeling is the guiding principle of his life and work, in so far as he succeeds in keeping himself from the shackles of selfish desire. It is beyond question closely akin to that which has possessed the religious geniuses of all ages."
cf. "The Religious Spirit of Science," in Einstein's Mein Weltbild
(Amsterdam: Querido Verlag, 1934)