"As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene....No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.
Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrase-mongers, however artful. No man can dispose of Christianity with a bon mot."
I believe that the facts are clear, and yet most people of faith fail to see the importance of taking time to try to understand the life and influence of a man who was honored as Time Magazine's Person of the 20th Century. We fail to see the forest for the trees. We accept on faith the ruminations and proclamations of the mass media with barely a consideration of the source or motive.
Why is it that if one was called to consider the totality of "circumstantial evidence," a preponderance, that would be sufficient to prosecute and convict a would-be criminal, one would collect all possible clues and discern what is creditable and pertinent; one would seek to explain how the evidence leads to the conclusion that the suspect had both the motive and the opportunity to commit the crime, and that he in fact did it.
Could this detective process be used to determine if Albert Einstein was "summoned" by God to provide a very important personal revelation to mankind at the dawn of the 20th Century?
Might this investigation serve to convince us that Albert was called to seek and find hidden truths concerning the mystery of God's creative majesty?
Might it go further and show that Albert was a "chosen vessel," one called to present universal truths to a broken world, a grand attempt to prove how scientific truth is consistent with the Christian faith for the evangelization and reunification of the peoples of the world?
Are you curious? Great! Here goes...
I. Let us begin with his name.
God's revelation, His plan, is often tied to the bestowing and changing of names. Names are but one way of linking the Old and New Testaments through the study of biblical typology. They are a clear bridge between the Jewish and Christian faiths.
Christening is the process of naming at baptism. Moses/Joshua (OT)+++Jesus (NT), Hannah (OT)+++ Mary (NT) are two great examples of how an OT "type" relates to the NT "fulfillment." For as St. Augustine tells us, "the New is concealed in the Old and the Old is revealed in the New."
Albert – St. Albert the Great (1205-1280) the greatest of pre-Reformation Catholic scientists; schooled and grounded both in theology and science; a native German; mentor of St. Thomas Aquinas (an Italian); a theological genius, well ahead of his time. Both St. Albert and St. Thomas were declared Doctors of the Church, and their lives bear witness to the fact that there was no disagreement (only apparent contradictions) between Faith and Reason and between Faith and Science.
See ALBERT, THE GREAT at http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01264a.htm
Einstein – translated from his native German as one stone. Sacred Scripture clearly shows us the importance that God places on both stone and rock: altars of stone, "sharp stone" for circumcision, Moses striking the stone, "two tables of stone," David's "smooth stone" slaying Goliath, "the stone the builder rejected," now a cornersone, "they decided to stone Him," millstones, stumbling stones, capstones, "I will take away the stony heart,""you are Rock, and on this Rock." They are all important, for they provide us with keys to analogical truth about God's relationship to man and creation.
See STONE in Sacred Scripture at http://www.drbo.org/cgi-bin/s?q=stone&b=drb&t=0
II. Einstein: inspiration, his relationship to God, the "Old One"
III. Einstein: a Sign of Contradiction...a slow learner?
IV. Einstein: the son of Herman, a German "Father of Lights"
V. Einstein: the special gift of a magnetic compass...orientation to truth and mystery at age 5
VI. Einstein: the Great Event—Lighting up the Munich Oktoberfest in 1885
VII. Einstein: three years of Catholic school education (ages 6-9) as 69 children prepared for First Confession and First Holy Communion
VIII. Einstein: the priest-nail-Christ incident in school and isolation
IX. Einstein: love of Maja, music and a religious awakening
X. Einstein: layering of knowledge... Jewish (secular), Catholic, Jewish (religious), Science
XI. Einstein: rebellion against family
XII. Einstein: rebellion against religion in favor of science (Max Talmud :) Talmey)
XIII. Einstein: Immanuel Kant, as mentor
XIV. Einstein: Euclid Geometry and a first instance of future genius
XV. Einstein: falls for Greek-Orthodox physicist, Mileva Maric, who converts to Catholicism in 1905
XVI. Einstein: Liesel, the shotgun marriage, and mystery of baby's fate
XVII. Einstein: 1905 Albert Einstein's annus mirabilis...a "Light-filled" revelation
XVIII. Einstein: E=mc2, the "holy grail" of energy
XIX. Einstein: Olinto DePretto, the Italian scientist from Vincenza...was he the real author of E=mc2?
XX. Einstein: Special Theory of Relativity and the seeds of Relativism
XXI. Einstein: Relationship to Sigmund Freud
XX1I. Einstein: The Eclipse of 1919
XXIII. Einstein: Quotable Quotes on mystery and bridge between faith and science
XXIV. Einstein: Divorce to Mileva and his adultery, Baruch Spinoza's philosophy
XXV. Einstein: The Nobel Prize for Physics...for the both/and of Light (photoelectric effect), not Special or General Relativity
XXV1. Einstein: 1933 and the Great Escape from Hitler's Third Reich
XXVII. Einstein: The Letter to President Roosevelt urging the Allies to pursue the development of the atomic bomb
XXVIII. Einstein: The Trinity Project and its epic ramifications
XXIX. Einstein: Humanist, Pacifist, Zionist vs. Christian – Humanism, Peace, New Zion
XXX. Einstein: President of Israel?
XXXI. Einstein: Fr. McTague and Transubstantiation
XXXII. Einstein: Quest and failure to find the Grand Unified Theory
XXXIII. Einstein: The Rainbow Bridge, the Bridge Over Troubled Water laid down for the future of mankind
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