Statements by Einstein from Essays Presented to Leo Baeck on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday (1954), p.
26; Baeck's birthday was ; Einstein Archives 28-962.
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving...
Hermanns, you will live to see that there is moral law in the universe. In his original statement Einstein was probably referring to the actions of the Emergency Covenant of Pastors organized by Martin Niemöller, and the Confessing Church which he and other prominent churchmen such as Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer established in opposition to Nazi policies. This power maneuver of the Church, these Concordats through the centuries with worldly powers . The Church sowed hate instead of love, though the Ten Commandments state: Thou shalt not kill." And then on p. Since when can one make a pact with Christ and Satan at the same time? The moment I hear the word 'religion', my hair stands on end.Einstein also made some scathingly negative comments about the behavior of the Church under the Nazi regime (and its behavior towards Jews throughout history) in a 1943 conversation with William Hermanns recorded in Hermanns' book Einstein and the Poet (1983). 63 Hermanns records him saying "Never in history has violence been so widespread as in Nazi Germany. 64: "I'm not a Communist but I can well understand why they destroyed the Church in Russia. The Church will pay for its dealings with Hitler, and Germany, too." And on p. The Church has always sold itself to those in power, and agreed to any bargain in return for immunity.Albert Einstein, Telegram () sent to prominent Americans. In Robert Andrews Famous Lines: a Columbia Dictionary of Familiar Quotations (1997), 340.Variations exist due to different translations from the original German.Published in Albert Einstein : Philosopher-Scientist (1949) edited by Paul A. Reprinted in A Stubbornly Persistent Illusion: The Essential Scientific Works of Albert Einstein (2009) edited by Stephen Hawking, p. If one purges the Judaism of the Prophets and Christianity as Jesus Christ taught it of all subsequent additions, especially those of the priests, one is left with a teaching which is capable of curing all the social ills of humanity.