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THE ALICE ECKARDT SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM PRESENTS:
“THE GHASTLY APPARITION OF ATHEISM”: ON THE PERPLEXING KERFUFFLE OVER EINSTEIN’S ‘COSMIC PANTHEISM’
Speaker: Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Wesleyan University
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at 7:00 PM
STEPS BUILDING, Room 101
The early-to-mid twentieth century produced a little-remembered “scandal” over Einstein’s denial of a personal God. Although he was immediately charged with atheism, Einstein did not deny the existence of God; rather, he re-coded divinity as the partly knowable, ultimately mysterious, nevertheless rational order of the universe. This lecture calls upon this decades-long scandal as a means, first of examining the alleged equivalence of pantheism and atheism, and second, of analyzing the conceptual coherence of such “atheistic” pantheism.
All are welcome. This lecture is free and open to the public.
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