About Einstein And God

The more I study science, the more I believe in God.”
-Albert Einstein

The battle between science and faith began with the dawn  of time. For as long as I can remember, each side has always been considered as the other’s biggest nemesis, almost as if there were no possible middle ground. It was only just recently that I was personally able to find some middle ground myself.

For the last couple of weeks, I have been completely absorbed by writer and journalist José Rodrigues dos Santos‘s book, the title of which is La Formule de Dieu (“The God Formula”). In the book, dos Santos elaborates a project Albert Einstein was working on during the last few years of his life in the early 1950s. In this study, Einstein tried to prove the existence of God through various mathematical and physical formulae and  theorems.

In this article, I will only explore one aspect of Einstein’s many findings.

Before delving further into the conclusions that Einstein drew from his research, it is important to specify the variable that was being studied: God. Although he was born  a Jew, Einstein did not believe in the God of the Bible; indeed, Einstein thought this God to be

“the expression and product of human weakness.”
-Albert Einstein’s The God Letter

This is why, for the sake of his study, Einstein decided to try and prove the existence of a greater – might I suggest – supernatural force, spirit, human being or whatever.

Interestingly, he did end up finding some common ground between his findings and certain things that were stated in the Bible, specifically in the book of Genesis which tackles the creation of the Universe as we know it today. For example, according to the book of Exodus, it is said that God created the universe in six days. On the other hand, scientists were able to prove that the Big Bang and evolution of the Universe as to how we know it today took around 14 billion years, according to a study done by NASA. In investigating this, Einstein first considered the time length used in the Bible figuratively, since it made more sense for him to believe scientific facts rather than something that was written more than 5,000 years ago. However, Einstein’s theory of relativity, more particularly the aspect of time dilation, combined with the characteristics of the force of gravity, made him reconsider both claims.

When the Universe was born, all matter was concentrated in one single point, which meant that the force of gravity was at its highest (and largest), leading to a really slow passing of time. Indeed, the lower the gravity of an object, the faster time passes. 

As Einstein explains in the theory of relativity, the closer an object gets to the speed of light – considered the highest attainable velocity in the Universe -, the slower time travels. The same would happen in the event of an object with greater mass, which would explain why time travels faster on the Moon than it does on Earth, and also that time travels faster on Earth than it does on the Sun.

If that is the case, at the moment of the Big Bang, how much time was one normal day on Earth equal to?

Since the Bible states that the Earth was created on the third day, Einstein decided to base his measure of time on a theory that was made on the Big Bang in 1948: the existence of persistent light since the beginning of the Universe. In that case, every wave of light would act as the “tik” of a universal “tik-tok”. In order to shape it in a more logical way, this would mean that one second on the Sun was equal to 2.12 seconds on Earth.

If that is true, how important was the time difference between the Earth and the Universe at the beginning of its creation, at the point when its mass was at its peak?

Initially, time travelled a million of a million times slower than it did on Earth. Having confirmed this discovery after measuring the initial light waves, Einstein understood that every reproduction of the Universe doubled the speed of time. This finally led him to the following:

  • The first Biblical day took place 15.7 billion years ago and ended 7.7 billion years ago. According to the Bible, during that time, it is said that light, Earth and sky were created. For science, that time is when all matter was created, and galaxies and stars were formed.

  • The second Biblical day lasted 4 billion years and ended 3.7 billion years ago, during which God created the firmament, whereas science says that during that time, the Milky Way and the Sun were formed, as well as everything surrounding the Earth today.

  • The third Biblical day lasted 2 billion years and ended 1.7 billion years ago. During that “day”, the Bible says that God created the sea and plants. From a scientific point of view, the Earth’s temperature dropped which changed the water into a liquid state, followed by the appearance of bacteria and marine vegetation.

  • The fourth day lasted 1 billion years and ended 750 million years ago. During that time, the Bible says that the firmament lights appeared, including the Sun, the Moon and the stars. Although they were created and formed on the second Biblical day, the Sun and the stars of the Milky Way were not visible from the Earth until the fourth day, when the atmosphere of the Earth became transparent, allowing us today to see the sky. This was due to the beginning of photosynthesis  and the emission of oxygen into the atmosphere.

  • The fifth day last 500 million years and ended 250 million years ago. This is when multicellular animals and marine wildlife as well as the first flying animals came to be, according to the Bible along with biological and geological studies.

  • The sixth and final day started 250 million years ago. On that day, God created Man, which coincided with the age of the earliest fossils of anatomically modern humans found in the Omo remains of Ethiopia.

In conclusion, it is important to remember the purpose of Einstein’s entire study: it was not to prove that the God of the Torah, Gospel and Quran exists; the study focused on proving the existence of the “real God”, the intelligent force behind the perfect functioning mechanism of the Universe: The Grand Architect, if you prefer.

On a personal level, I discovered, after having finished reading this book, the importance of building a bridge between science and faith. For me, these two clans actually complement each other. As a matter of fact, I feel that it is only when we truly try to understand how to connect science with faith that we can indeed reach a state of belief that there really is a God. The true God.

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