General Relativity, Quantum Entanglement and Einstein’s religion of the “Inexplicable”

Posted: March 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

Einstein's FieldThough Albert Einstein was certainly not religious in any traditional or doctrinaire way, not subscribing to notions of God from classical theism, he nevertheless had a vivid appreciation for the great mystery at the heart of all things. Whether one believes in “God” has to do with the kind of God being described. If God is described in one way I may have no choice but to be an atheist. But if described in another way I may have already believed for the longest time.

One evening in Berlin as Einstein and his wife attended a dinner party one of the guests stated that a belief in God was impossible. To that Einstein replied

“Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible laws and connections, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in fact, religious.”

(Charles Kessler, ed., The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler, NY: Grove Press, 2002, p. 322)

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