Einstein's God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit

Front Cover
Penguin, Feb 23, 2010 - Religion - 304 pages
3 Reviews
Albert Einstein did not believe in a personal God. And his famous quip that "God does not play dice with the universe" was a statement about quantum physics, not a statement of faith. But he did leave behind a fascinating, largely forgotten legacy of musings and writings-some serious, some whimsical-about the relationship between science and religion and his own inquisitive reverence for the "order deeply hidden behind everything". Einstein's self-described "cosmic religious sense" is intriguingly compatible with twenty-first-century sensibilities. And it is the starting point for Einstein's God.

Drawn from American Public Media's extraordinary program Speaking of Faith, the conversations in this profoundly illuminating book explore an emerging interface of inquiry-if not answers-between many fields of science, medicine, theology and philosophy. In her interviews with such luminaries as Freeman Dyson, Paul Davies, V. V. Raman, and Mehmet Oz, Krista Tippett draws out the connections between these realms, showing how even those most wedded to hard truths find spiritual enlightenment in the life of experiment and, in turn, raise questions that are richly theologically evocative. Whether she is speaking with celebrated surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland about the biology of the human spirit or questioning Darwin biographer James Moore about his subject's religious beliefs, Tippett offers a rare look at the way our best minds grapple with the questions for which we all seek answers.

Krista Tippett's newest book, Becoming Wise, will be published on April 5, 2016.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - greeniezona - LibraryThing

Impulse buy at Tuesday Books in Williamston. Clearly the intersection between modern physics and religion is on my mind lately. This book is a collection of interviews by Tippett with leading ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - mreed61 - LibraryThing

Astounding. In order to get all of my feelings out, I am going to have to write a blog. I love Krista, and I love her mind. She asks excellent questions. It makes the person she's interviewing think hard. Read full review


Eínsteíns god
The Biology of the Spirit
Heart and Soul
Evolutíon and Wonder
The Hearts Reason
MathematicsPurposeand Truth
getting Revenge andforgiveness
Stress and the Balance Within
The soulín Depressíon
Quarks and Creation

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

A journalist and former diplomat, Krista Tippett has created, hosted, and produced the popular public radio program Speaking of Faith since it began as an occasional feature in 2000, before taking on its current form as a national weekly program in 2003. She came up with the idea for Speaking of Faith while consulting for the internationally renowned Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Bibliographic information