Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein could be considered a “secular’ Jew. Or maybe a “lapsed”

He stated that he lost his religion at age 12, and never
regained it.

Writing in a letter dated in 1954, he said “the word God is for me nothing
more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a
collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless
pretty childish.

The problem of God “is too vast for our limited minds.”

The Jewish religion, like all others, is “an incarnation of the most childish

As for fellow Jews, he said “As far as my experience goes they are also no
better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst
cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise, I cannot see anything ‘chosen’ about

Although he consistently called the idea of a personal God who answers
prayers as naïve, and life after death as wishful thinking, he resented being
called an atheist.

“If something is in me that can be called religious, then it is the
unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as science can
reveal it.”


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