Science and Religion by Albert Einstein

This article appears in Einstein’s Ideas and Opinions, pp.41 – 49. The first section is taken from an address at Princeton Theological Seminary,May 19, 1939. It was published in Out of My Later Years, New York: Philosophical Library, 1950. The second section is from Science, Philosophy and Religion, A Symposium, published by the Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion in Their Relation to the Democratic Way of Life, Inc., New York, 1941.


Einstein used many labels to describe his religious views, including agnostic, religious nonbeliever, and a pantheistic believer in Spinoza’s God. Einstein believed the problem of God was the “most difficult in the world”—a question that could not be answered “simply with yes or no.” He conceded that, “the problem involved is too vast for our limited minds.” -Wiki

I agree. Our minds are not meant to fathom what God is.

The following will be no easy read for the thinking person.

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Science & God

In the final moments of the movie CONTACT, there came a statement that has always generated conflict between science and God. Palmer Joss, a man of religion (played by Matthew McConaughey) walks to a waiting limo with Ellie Arroway, an atheistic woman of science (played by Jodie Foster).

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