Talk:Vitaly Ginzburg

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Светлая память... --Glowings (talk) 13:22, 9 November 2009 (UTC)

"acquit contumely"?[edit]

I think something got translated badly from the Russian here. The relevant source is in Russian so I can't read it. But I'm pretty sure that's not what it means. JoshuaZ (talk) 23:34, 9 November 2009 (UTC)

Last words[edit]

Can someone put in simple English the meaning of "What gods do the gods believe in?"?--Gilisa (talk) 21:00, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

You mean can someone explain the phraze or put the phraze more simply than the actual words spoken? Are you suggesting that instead of the direct quote, we explain the quote or put it in different words? The quote is, presumably, in reference to his atheism and his being intriqued by the idea that gods might also believe in gods, presumably at the end. --RossF18 (talk) 21:31, 10 November 2009 (UTC)
No, I just wanted to know exactly what he meant. Thanks!--Gilisa (talk) 21:53, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

Was he an atheist or wasn't he?[edit]

Was he Jewish or was he an athiest? This article says he was both... confusing. Kehrbykid (talk) 02:36, 11 November 2009 (UTC)

  • In Russia rightly or wrongly Jews are considered as an ethnicity rather than a religion. Ginzburg was prominent as an atheist and a fighter against all types of clericalism. He also was a member of Jewish cultural and ethnic organizations. He certainly self-descibed his ethnicity as Jewish. I do not know how is better describe him, I personally usually avoid arguments whether Jews are religion on nationality Alex Bakharev (talk) 03:21, 11 November 2009 (UTC)
Jews are both, and there is no contradiction between being Jewish and being atheist. See Yuval Ne'eman and Steven Weinberg as yet another examples of self identified Jews who are atheists.--Gilisa (talk) 06:00, 11 November 2009 (UTC)