Atheist Professor, Einstein and Snopes.com.

There is a well-known story about an atheist professor and a student:

“The university professor challenged his students with this question. Did God create everything that exists? A student bravely replied, “Yes, he did!”

“God created everything? The professor asked.

“Yes sir”, the student replied.

The professor answered, “If God created everything, then God created evil since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are then God is evil”. The student became quiet before such an answer. The professor was quite pleased with himself and boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.

Another student raised his hand and said, “Can I ask you a question professor?”

“Of course”, replied the professor.

The student stood up and asked, “Professor, does cold exist?”

“What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?” The students snickered at the young man’s question.

The young man replied, “In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-460 degrees F) is the total absence of heat; all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat.”

The student continued, “Professor, does darkness exist?”

The professor responded, “Of course it does.”

The student replied, “Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact we can use Newton’s prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn’t this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present.”

Finally the young man asked the professor, “Sir, does evil exist?”

Now uncertain, the professor responded, “Of course as I have already said. We see it every day. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.”

To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is not like faith, or love that exist just as does light and heat. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.”

The professor sat down.

The young man’s name — Albert Einstein.”

I liked the story but doubted the very last sentence. So I went to Snopes.com to check on it.

The answer is HERE

Ok, I was right. The student was not Einstein and the story could be not a true story. But it is not the end of it.

In this article Snopes.com gives several more stories on the same topic like the one below:

“Navy SEALs are always taught

1) Keep your priorities in order and
2) Know when to act without hesitation.

A Navy SEAL was attending some college courses between assignments. He had completed missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of the courses had a professor who was an avowed atheist and a member of the ACLU. One day he shocked the class when he came in, looked to the ceiling, and flatly stated, “God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I’ll give you exactly 15 minutes.”

The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop. Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, “Here I am, God. I’m still waiting.”

It got down to the last couple of minutes when the SEAL got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him; knocking him off the platform. The professor was out cold. The SEAL went back to his seat and sat there, silently. The other students were shocked and stunned and sat there looking on in silence.

The professor eventually came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the SEAL and asked, “What the hell is the matter with you? Why did you do that?”

The SEAL calmly replied, “God was too busy today protecting America’s soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid shit and act like an asshole. So He sent me.”

Then the article says: “Faith can’t be proved (or disproved); if such validations were possible, those concepts would stop being matters of faith and start being matters of fact.”

I recommend everybody to read whole article as I gave only excerpts of it. It is very interesting and thoughts provoking. The link is HERE.

Please don’t get me wrong.

I am for human rights.

We are free to choose our believes.

However, I don’t  support the idea that it is good to be stupid and ignorant or the idea that somebody else (professors, politicians, etc.) should think for us.

Every child asks questions: What? Where? How? Why? He receives answers, evaluates them and grows.

If a living organism stops to grow it dies. We must continue to ask questions at every age.

faith

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2 thoughts on “Atheist Professor, Einstein and Snopes.com.

  1. I’m sorry, your picture has it exactly backwards. Without faith, hope and trust, there IS promise for the future, because all animals are survivors at heart, especially humans. When the world is down to its last two Adams or Eves, then we have lost, but until then, we can act ourselves, devoid of any faith, of any hope and any trust in anything else.

    Without a promising future, life has more direction, meaning and justification. When the oil runs dry and the lights go out, we will struggle to find a new way to be economically viable as the fight goes on around us. With humans, it isn’t going to be pretty, that is for sure!

    Feel free, religionists, to give up and die around us come the time, for you are only here to wipe your feet on this doormat before eternity in “salvation”. Alternatively, pick up a spade and plant a tree so that we have something to carve and burn in the future to stay warm and alive. When the lights go out, I want people around me ready to be ambitious and thrive, not give up and pray saying “I told you so. Jesus is coming!”

    • I find it very interesting that there are always people who are not ready for any reasonable dispute
      or exchange of ideas. Usually such people immediately start personal attacks. As a rule they are unable
      to consider what exactly other people are saying.

      For example, you are saying “Without faith, hope and trust there IS promise for the future.”
      I can understand somebody who says that “without faith (in deity)” there is promise for the future.
      However, I am sure that for people who have no “hope and trust” there is NO promise for the future.

      Next, I don’t know how ambitious and smart you are and what you did in your life. I can only
      say for myself that I developed two world recognized theories and several formulas used in the textile
      industry of many countries. In my first life in the USSR I wrote three technical books and more than
      100 scientific papers.

      In my life in America I mastered new professions and before retirement worked as computer systems consultant.
      I also wrote one fiction book, many articles and short stories.

      Would you be so kind to share with me and my followers what are your life’s achievements?

      I’d like also to ask you what does it mean: “When the oil runs dry and the lights go out…” Don’t
      you know that long before “oil runs dry” we’ll have no need in oil?

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