Roger L. Simon

Dear Albert ... or who's an atheist?

There’s a new letter today in which Einstein is pretty explicit about his views on religion, calling it “childish superstition.” I’ve felt that way a lot of times too. I’ve also thought that Marx was right in at least one thing — that religion is the opiate of the masses (except that he got the drug wrong — it’s more like PCP).

But on other occasions, I’ve agreed with an opposing statement from Einstein: “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

Most of the time I don’t know what I believe.

So here’s my guess: Einstein, titanically brilliant as he was, was similarly conflicted. That would be reasonable, wouldn’t it? The people who have resolved this issue are the ones who scare me.