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Religion and Science

Becoming A Freethinker and Scientist
Einstein's account of how he rejected conventional religion on entering his teens

On Prayer, Purpose, and the Soul
Excerpts from Einstein's letters on the futility of prayer, the lack of purpose in Nature, and on the questions of the purpose of life and the immortality of the soul.

No Personal God
Excerpts from Einstein's letters wherein he disclaims any belief in a personal God.

Weaning Humankind from the Personal God
Give up the idea of a personal God in favor of cultivating the Good, the True, and the Beautiful in humanity itself.

Einstein on the Mysterious
"The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamentalemotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science."

The Religiousness of Science
There is a religious motive for doing science, but it does not entail a belief in a personal God.

The Development of Religion
There is a common element to all religious experience, although it is seldom found in a pure form. Einstein calls it "cosmic religious feeling." He says of such cosmic religious feeling that "itis very difficult to elucidate this feeling to anyone who is entirely without it,especially as there is no anthropomorphic conception of God corresponding to it."