Many people know that Albert Einstein said that ‘science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.’ They have rushed from this to enrol the great physicist on the side of theism, as against atheism. However, Einstein had little time for the God of the Bible. Indeed, he once said, ‘I don’t try to imagine a personal God; it suffices to stand in awe at the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it.’
So, for example, when Einstein said, ‘I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice’, it is probably his way of saying, ‘randomness does not lie at the heart of the universe’.
In fact, Einstein’s religion, such as it was, consisted of, ‘a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.’
As for ethical behaviour, this ‘should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.’