Albert Einstein

Einstein & religion

Religious Views:

Albert Einstein’s religious views have been widely studied. However, controversy and myths about his beliefs, views, and attitudes toward religion have not abated. Einstein said that he believed in Benedict Spinoza’s ‘pantheistic’ god, but not in the personified God he was criticizing. He called himself an agnostic, but abandoned the label ‘atheist’, preferring ‘humility, which corresponds to the weakness of our understanding of our own intellect.’

Einstein was raised by non-religious Jewish parents. In his autobiography, Einstein wrote that he gradually lost faith in early childhood.
Although I was a child of non-religious parents, I was deeply religious until I was 12 when my faith abruptly ended. Soon after reading popular science books, I came to realize that not all Bible stories could be true. The result was simply fanatical liberalism, which was connected with the impression that the state was deceiving the youth. It was a destructive conclusion. Such experiences caused distrust of all kinds of authorities, skepticism about the beliefs and convictions that lived in the social environment around me at that time. This skepticism never left me, although I later lost my sharpness as I became more aware of causation. It is very clear to me that the religious paradise of the youth lost in this way was the first attempt to break free from the shackles of ‘personal ego’, in which desires, hopes, primitive feelings prevailed. There, from the outside, has been this great world that exists independently of us humans, and a huge eternal mystery is available to us, but at least in part, to our perception and our mind. Examining this world at once I say that it feeds for liberation, and I am soon convinced that many whom I have learned to appreciate and respect have found their inner freedom; Mental coverage within the possibilities available to us in this non-personal world, which seemed to me half consciously, half unconsciously, as the highest goal. Those who thought so, be they my contemporaries or people of the past, along with their conclusions, were my only unchanging friends. The road to that paradise was not as convenient and attractive as the road to a religious paradise, but it was reliable, I have never regretted choosing that road.



Einstein used several terms to describe his religious views, including ‘Agnostic’, ‘Religious Believer’ and ‘Pantheist’ who believed in Spinoza’s God.

Personified God and After Life
Einstein expressed skepticism about sociable divinity, often describing it as ‘naive’ or ‘childish.’

He stated:

I can not take seriously the idea of ​​a personal God in the anthropological concept. I feel that it is impossible to imagine a desire or a goal outside the human sphere. My views are close to Spinoza’s. I believe that we must be content with our imperfect knowledge and understanding that personal values ​​and moral obligations are paramount to human problems.
Of course, it is a lie, your perception of my religious beliefs is a lie, I do not believe in a personified God, and I have never denied it. If I have anything that can be called religious, it is undoubtedly the boundless admiration of the structure of the universe as far as science reveals.

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