Explaining Einstein’s Concept of ‘God’

Did Einstein believe in the existence of God or was he an atheist?

Sunny Labh
3 min readMay 5, 2022
Albert Einstein (1879- 19550. Image source: Getty Images

In the years 1905 and 1916, Albert Einstein published his special and general theories of relativity respectively which made him one of the most influential physicists in the history of science. Einstein was a prolific thinker who could thought-experiment complicated physical phenomena and postulate the underlying principles behind those phenomena. He won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his works on the photoelectric effect and spent the later half of his life visiting Universities and lecturing about his scientific contributions which gave him the image of the most famous physicist to ever exist.

This article is not about Einstein’s scientific contributions though. I shall share about Einstein’s views on Gods and religion. A lot of us have a misconception regarding whether or not Einstein was a believer in the designer, or was he an atheist or an agnostic. What did he think about the supernatural, and what was his take on the holy scriptures? In this story, I shall try to explain God through Einstein’s mind. Y’all must be familiar with this popular quotation of Albert Einstein published in Out of My Later Years, 1950:

“Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is…

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Sunny Labh

Science writer and communicator majoring in Quantum Mechanics. Curator of @PhysInHistory on twitter. Twitter: @thePiggsBoson