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. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.
The bible is nothing more than those in power trying to control the masses. There is no proof (I'm in need of proof) of anything. Are there lessons to be learned from the bible? Yes, but the reasoning all goes back to bullshit. I just don't give a damn.
While I would disagree with Einstein's use of the word "honourable" in describing Bible legends, what he later wrote, the year before he died, in the 1954 letter you've referenced is, IMHO, very profound.
"For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything 'chosen' about them."
Religion is indeed the incarnation of the most childish superstitions!
"...the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish."
Look up Numbers 31 in and around verse 18 . Nothing "honouable" or "childish" about the sexual abuse of young girs nor the killing of all the male children and non-virgin girls.
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I like your quote, though I have to disagree with the word "honourable". I think A. E. was trying hard to put a good spin on it, a lot of the biblical legends seem to be inspired to create the worst forms of political and social propaganda, for the most dishonourable of reasons.