Top On 22 March a self-made man sent Einstein in Princeton a long handwritten letter-four closely packed pages in English.
Religious beliefs[ edit ] Einstein used many labels to describe his religious views, including " agnostic ",  " religious nonbeliever "  and a "pantheistic"  believer in " Spinoza's God ".
I came—though the child of entirely irreligious Jewish parents—to a deep religiousness, which, however, reached an abrupt end at the age of twelve. Through the reading of popular scientific books I soon reached the conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true.
The consequence was a positively fanatic orgy of freethinking coupled with the impression that youth is intentionally being deceived by the state through lies; it was a crushing impression. Mistrust of every kind of authority grew out of this experience, a skeptical attitude toward the convictions that were alive in any specific social environment—an attitude that has never again left me, even though, later on, it has been tempered by a better insight into the causal connections.
It is quite clear to me that the religious paradise of youth, which was thus lost, was a first attempt to free myself from the chains of the 'merely personal,' from an existence dominated by wishes, hopes, and primitive feelings. Out yonder there was this huge world, which exists independently of us human beings and which stands before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partially accessible to our inspection and thinking.
The contemplation of this world beckoned as a liberation, and I soon noticed that many a man whom I had learned to esteem and to admire had found inner freedom and security in its pursuit. The mental grasp of this extra-personal world within the frame of our capabilities presented itself to my mind, half consciously, half unconsciously, as a supreme goal.
Similarly motivated men of the present and of the past, as well as the insights they had achieved, were the friends who could not be lost. The road to this paradise was not as comfortable and alluring as the road to the religious paradise; but it has shown itself reliable, and I have never regretted having chosen it.
Brouwer Einstein read the philosopher Eric Gutkind 's book Choose Life,  a discussion of the relationship between Jewish revelation and the modern world.
On January 3, Einstein sent the following reply to Gutkind, "The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends….
For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. Dispentiere had declared himself an atheist and was disappointed by a news report which had cast Einstein as conventionally religious.
Einstein replied on 24 March It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly.
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.
In an interview published in George Sylvester Viereck 's book Glimpses of the GreatEinstein responded to a question about whether or not he defined himself as a pantheist. Your question is the most difficult in the world.
It is not a question I can answer simply with yes or no. I am not an Atheist. I do not know if I can define myself as a Pantheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. May I not reply with a parable?
The human mind, no matter how highly trained, cannot grasp the universe. We are in the position of a little child, entering a huge library whose walls are covered to the ceiling with books in many different tongues.
The child knows that someone must have written those books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books, a mysterious order, which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects.
That, it seems to me, is the attitude of the human mind, even the greatest and most cultured, toward God.
We see a universe marvelously arranged, obeying certain laws, but we understand the laws only dimly. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that sways the constellations. I am fascinated by Spinoza's Pantheism.
I admire even more his contributions to modern thought. Spinoza is the greatest of modern philosophers, because he is the first philosopher who deals with the soul and the body as one, not as two separate things.
I believe that we have to content ourselves with our imperfect knowledge and understanding and treat values and moral obligations as a purely human problem—the most important of all human problems. Scientific research can reduce superstition by encouraging people to think and view things in terms of cause and effect.
Certain it is that a conviction, akin to religious feeling, of the rationality and intelligibility of the world lies behind all scientific work of a higher order. In common parlance this may be described as "pantheistic" Spinoza. You may call me an agnostic, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth.
I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being.Albert Einstein on the Interconnectedness of Our Fates and Our Mightiest Counterforce Against Injustice “There is [a] human right which is infrequently mentioned but which seems to be destined to become very important: this is the right, or the duty, of the individual to abstain from cooperating in activities which he considers wrong or.
(Albert Einstein - The Merging of Spirit and Science) I share the pantheist religion / philosophy of Albert Einstein that All is One and Interconnected (Nature, God), of which we humans are an inseparable part. The Spiritual Wisdom of Albert Einstein.
By UPLIFT on Wednesday December 16th, Facebook. Twitter. Google+. The soul given to each of us is moved by the same living spirit that moves the universe. I wish we had more Einsteins.
Reply. Michelle Rene says: March 5, at am. Albert Einstein was one of the world’s most brilliant thinkers, influencing scientific thought immeasurably.
He was also not shy about sharing his wisdom about other topics, writing essays. Albert Einstein, the greatest physicist since Isaac Newton, was a Jew. That is a simple and obvious statement, but what does it mean?
Einstein’s relationship with his Judaism evolved as did his. Here is another collection of Einstein quotes about purpose and meaning. Albert Einstein was a man of genius, philosopher, humanist, pacifist, socialist and Zionist.