The great physicist Albert Einstein was interviewed by the Post reporter George Viereck, The Saturday Evening Post, October 26th, 1929.
Einstein never expressed any belief in a personal God, but he believed in the historical Jesus — not the popularised prophet such as appeared in a best-selling biography by Emil Ludwig.
“To what extent are you influenced by Christianity ?”
“As a child, I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud . I am a Jew but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene.
“Have you read Emil Ludwig’s book on Jesus?”
“Emil Ludwig’s Jesus,” Einstein replied, “is shallow. Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrase mongers, however artful. No man can dispose of Christianity with a bon mot.”
“You accept the historical existence of Jesus? ”
“Unquestionably. No one can read the Gospels .”.without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. How different, for instance, is the impression which we receive from an account of legendary heroes of antiquity like Theseus. Theseus and other heroes of his type lack the authentic vitality of Jesus.”
” Ludwig Lewisohn, in one of his recent books, claims that many of the sayings of Jesus paraphrase the sayings of other prophets.” “No man,” Einstein replied. “can deny the fact that Jesus existed. nor that his sayings are beautiful. Even if some of them have been said before, no one has expressed them so divinely as he.”
I wonder if the Holy Spirit ever revealed to Einstein his need of Jesus as his Lord and Saviour?