‘Religion & Science’ by Albert Einstein

What did Albert Einstein think of God, Religion, Faith? Albert Einstein is arguably one of five (perhaps three) most important thinkers in Human History. Not unsurprisingly, Christians are fond of telling stories about how his “faith” and “spirituality” influenced his scientific intellect. This, however, does not correlate with the historical record. What, then, did Einstein think of religion and faith and god? This essay, published in 1930 in the The New York Times Magazine not only perfectly illustrates his beliefs, but beautifully encapsulates the spirit of the highest level of human thought: Science. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein revolutionized the way scientists think about space and time. In his special theory of relativity, Einstein showed that time and length are not as absolute as everyday experience would suggest: Moving clocks run slower, and moving objects are shorter. Those are just two of the unusual properties of Einstein’s world! Another consequence of special relativity is the most famous formula of all: E=mc², stating that two physical quantities which physicists had defined separately, namely energy and mass, are in fact equivalent. In Einstein’s general theory of relativity, space and time become even more flexible. “Your mileage may vary,” and so may the time intervals you measure, depending on where and when you are. This flexibility has an analogue in the geometry of surfaces like that of a sphere – there is a curvature
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