Einstein’s profession was to study the universe, day in and day out, 365 days a year. He was part of the upper tier of physics elites leading humanity to understand the cosmos, the creation of matter and even the beginning of time itself. Hell, he was closer to God than any of us was! This is why I studied him.
Einstein’s atheism was very much misrepresented. Some accuse him of believing in god. Here’s what he has to say, “The idea of a personal God is quite alien to me and seems even naive…To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is a something that our mind cannot grasp this is religiousness. In this sense, I am religious.”
Yes, he said he’s religious. But, look at the way he defined “religiousness.” He said, I repeat, “To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is a something that our mind cannot grasp this is religiousness. In this sense, I am religious.” Meaning, if we can’t understand something and we call it religiousness then he’s religious. Einstein is just calling ignorance religious.
He defends his point of view, “It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions…I do not believe in a personal God…If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.”
Again, more evidence for his irreligiousness, “I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it.” And lastly, “I believe in Spinoza’s God….not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings.”
Spinoza’s God wasn’t a supernatural God. It was just nature! Einstein and Spinoza both used the word “God” in the poetic sense because nature was so beautiful. But not so beautiful that it requires a supernatural being.
Einstein was an atheist.
I think it’s important to point out that when Einstein was offered the first presidency of the state of Israel, Einstein declined it because of the way Zionism was tending.
I’ll leave you with Einstein’s most famous quote on religion, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
To your success,