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Ideas and Opinions

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Essays by eminent scientist Albert Einstein on subjects ranging from atomic energy, relativity and religion to human rights, government and economics.

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Previously published articles, speeches, and letters are gathered here to create a fascinating collection of meditations by one of the world's greatest minds.

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"Ideas and Opinions reveals Albert Einstein, perhaps the greatest scientist of all time, as a whole human being... a deeply moral and philosophical thinker, whose clarity in human affairs matched his clarity in science... Purity and inspiration shine through every page of this extraordinary book."     ~Alan Lightman

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"And yet, that primitive religions are based entirely on fear and the religions of civilized peoples purely on morality is a prejudice against which we must be on our guard. The truth is that all religions are a varying blend of both types, with this differentiation: that on the higher levels of social life the religion of morality predominates.

Common to all these types is the anthropomorphic character of their conception of God. In general, only individuals of exceptional endowments, and exceptionally high-minded communities, rise to any considerable extent above this level. But there is a third stage of religious experience which belongs to all of them, even though it is rarely found in a pure form: I shall call it cosmic religious feeling. It is 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."

Author Einstein, Albert
Book Type Hardcover
Page Count 377 pp.
Publisher Wings Books 1954
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