313 Charles Krauthamer on 314 Albert Einstein
Because every few years this country, in its infinite tolerance, insists on
hearing yet another appeal of the Scopes monkey trial, I feel obliged to point
out what would otherwise be superfluous: that the two greatest scientists in the history of our species
were Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, and they were both religious.
Newton’s religion was traditional. He was a staunch believer in Christianity
and a member of the Church of England. Einstein’s was a more diffuse belief in a
deity who set the rules for everything that occurs in the universe.
Neither saw science as an enemy of religion. On the contrary. “He believed he
was doing God’s work,” James Gleick wrote in his recent biography of Newton.
Einstein saw his entire vocation — understanding the workings of the universe
— as an attempt to understand the mind of God.
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