God Quotes by German Authors 27
Remark to Ernst Straus, one of his assistants.
Nobody, certainly, will deny that the idea of the existence of an omnipotent, just, and omnibeneficent personal God is able to accord man solace, help, and guidance; also, by virtue of its simplicity it is accessible to the most undeveloped mind. But, on the other hand, there are decisive weaknesses attached to this idea in itself, which have been painfully felt since the beginning of history. That is, if this being is omnipotent, then every occurrence, including every human action, every human thought, and every human feeling and aspiration is also His work; how is it possible to think of holding men responsible for their deeds and thoughts before such an almighty Being? In giving out punishment and rewards He would to a certain extent be passing judgment on Himself. How can this be combined with the goodness and righteousness ascribed to Him?
Statement to German anti-Nazi diplomat and author Prince Hubertus zu Lowenstein around 1941.
Letter to an atheist (1954).
Letter to Max Born (12 December 1926).
In response the telegrammed question of New York's Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein in (24 April 1929): "Do you believe in God? Stop. Answer paid 50 words.
Letter to philosopher Erik Gutkind after reading his book, 'Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt'