In a famous letter written the year before he died, Einstein dismissed the Judeo-Christian's God as the product of human weakness and the Bible as "pretty childish." The letter, handwritten in German to philosopher Eric Gutkind in January 1954, suggests his views on religion did not mellow with age.
In it, Einstein said that "the word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. For me," he added, "the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions."
Addressing the idea that the Jews are God's chosen people, Einstein wrote that "the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything 'chosen' about them."
John Brooke, emeritus professor of science and religion at Oxford University, said the letter lends weight to the notion that "Einstein was not a conventional theist," although he was not an atheist, either. "Like many great scientists of the past, he is rather quirky about religion, and not always consistent from one period to another," Brooke said.
Born to a Jewish family in Germany in 1879, Einstein said he went through a devout phase as a child before beginning to question conventional religion at the age of 12. In later life, he expressed a sense of wonder at the universe and its mysteries, what he called a "cosmic religious feeling, " and famously said: "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
But, he also said: "I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil. My God created laws that take care of that. His universe is not ruled by wishful thinking, but by immutable laws."
Brooke said Einstein believed that "there is some kind of intelligence working its way through nature. But it is certainly not a conventional Christian or Judaic religious [one.}"
Buchwald: "Yes. I believe there is a God, but he's not the one all the religions claim. The Christian religion, the Jewish religion, the Muslim religion - if you believe in their God, other people will say you're an infidel. There's a God out there, but not the one that causes all the trouble in the world. The people who fight all the wars now - not just Iraq but all over - believe that their God told them to...”
The observer was pleased with the American Red Cross's (ARC) once-pamphleted story of founder Henri Dunant, especially where he dismissed the question of which church he'd belonged to, by saying— "I am a disciple of Christ (sic) as in the first century, simply that" ...which indicated that he did not want any one church organization to take credit for his deeds.
This was over thirty years ago and American Red Cross HQ has since excised all reference to Dunant's faith from its updated publications. Very naughty. Thankfully the full story was found on a Utah ARC chapter website.
Now let's not excoriate the ARC because despite what you may think of its political wrongs over the years, but remember that it started with pure motives just like most of the world's righteous organizations, and succumbed to political pressure for survival.
And also, although it’s said elsewhere that the Cross is the sigil of the-earth-bound Lucifer, the subject is a moot one. The casual person does not know the truth of that, nor does it greatly hinder all good work done in the name of the Red Cross.
Also realize that Dunant did not name the organization nor envision the Christian Cross on the flag of Switzerland as working for him, but that its significance was usurped by others wanting glory for themselves while hiding behind the skirts of higher power, much as do priests and pastors of the church today.
So while Christianity and Judaism make the Godhood seem mysterious, it's nice to be free of such mystery and know God in full view than to pay obeisance to religions purporting to proxy for Him.
Our lives here aren't free of troubles—because we did bring it all on ourselves—but lives of loyalty to God Himself are a lot more well-regulated than those without that loyalty.