Einstein on religion

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This selection of Einstein’s remarks on religion is delightful (h/t: God Is for Suckers!). The depth and profundity of Einstein’s thoughts have rarely been equaled, and his insights into religion are no less valid than his scientific thoughts. Accordingly, here is my Quote of the Day:

“A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hopes of reward after death. It is therefore easy to see why the churches have always fought science and persecuted its devotees.”

(from Alice Calaprice, ed., The Expanded Quotable Einstein, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000, pp. 205-206.)

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