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"You will hardly find one among the profounder sort of scientific minds
without a religious feeling of his own. But it is different from the
religiosity of the naive man. For the latter, God is a being from whose
care one hopes to benefit and whose punishment one fears; a sublimation of
a feeling similar to that of a child for its father, a being to whom one
stands, so to speak, in a personal relation, however deeply it may be
tinged with awe.

But the scientist is possessed by the sense of universal causation...
There is nothing divine about morality; it is a purely human affair. His
religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at the harmony
of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that,
compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings
is an utterly insignificant reflection... It is beyond question closely
akin to that which has possessed the religious geniuses of all ages."
[Albert Einstein, Mein Weltbild, Amsterdam: Querido Verlag, 1934]



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