Sidelights on Relativity (1922), translation by GB Jeffrey and W Perrett of "Äther und Relativitätstheorie" (Aether and Relativity Theory), a talk given on at the University of Leiden, and "Geometrie und Erfahrung" (Geometry and Experience), a lecture given at the Prussian Academy published in Sitzungsberichte der Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1921 (pt. 123–130It can scarcely be denied that the supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience.
We find precisely among the heretics of all ages men who were inspired by this highest religious experience; often they appeared to their contemporaries as atheists, but sometimes also as saints.
Einstein also made some scathingly negative comments about the behavior of the Church under the Nazi regime (and its behavior towards Jews throughout history) in a 1943 conversation with William Hermanns recorded in Hermanns' book Einstein and the Poet (1983). 63 Hermanns records him saying "Never in history has violence been so widespread as in Nazi Germany. 64: "I'm not a Communist but I can well understand why they destroyed the Church in Russia. The Church will pay for its dealings with Hitler, and Germany, too." And on p. The Church has always sold itself to those in power, and agreed to any bargain in return for immunity.
The concentration camps make the actions of Ghengis Khan look like child's play. 65: "I don't like to implant in youth the Church's doctrine of a personal God, because that Church has behaved so inhumanely in the past 2000 years. Consider the hate the Church manifested against the Jews and then against the Muslims, the Crusades with their crimes, the burning stakes of the Inquisition, the tacit consent of Hitler's actions while the Jews and the Poles dug their own graves and were slaughtered. The truly religious man has no fear of life and no fear of death—and certainly no blind faith; his faith must be in his conscience. It would have been fine if the spirit of religion had guided the Church; instead, the Church determined the spirit of religion.
One doesn't need to be a prophet to say, 'The Catholic Church will pay for this silence.' Dr. Attributed in French to Édouard Herriot (1872-1957) and, in English, sometimes to Ortega y Gasset.Nature is neither solely material nor entirely spiritual.Man, too, is more than flesh and blood; otherwise, no religions would have been possible.Hell, stores in Austin were putting up Christmas displays in October.And to be perfectly honest, if I the holiday induces in my friends and family…When the expected course of everyday life is interrupted, we are like shipwrecked people on a miserable plank in the open sea, having forgotten where they came from and not knowing whither they are drifting...Kenneth Brecher, "Albert Einstein: 14 March, 1879 – 18 April, 1955 A guide for the perplexed", Nature 278 (15 March 1979), pp. The article is described as "A brief collection of direct and indirect quotations by or about Albert Einstein."Let us accept the world is a mystery.Viewed from this angle, men like Democritus, Francis of Assisi, and Spinoza are near to one another.Schopenhauer's saying, that "a man can do as he will, but not will as he will," has been an inspiration to me since my youth up, and a continual consolation and unfailing well-spring of patience in the face of the hardships of life..."Mein Weltbild" (1931) ["My World-view", or "My View of the World" or "The World as I See It"], translated as the title essay of the book The World as I See It (1949).Behind each cause is still another cause; the end or the beginning of all causes has yet to be found.William Hermanns, Einstein and the Poet: In Search of the Cosmic Man (1983).