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Preface:
I feel that I need to answer this question, even at the risk of down-votes. Seeing that so many people upvoted Glen O's answer, I think it is necessary to at least provide a different view for the reader to judge.


Yes, he most likely did say it in a 1929 newspaper interview (see Morgoth's answer). The interview happened, it isn't unlikely that he said this about Jesus, the background of the reporter has no impact on the veracity of the quote, the quote has been used by reputable sources and most of all: the quote (or at least the spirit of the quote) has been verified by Albert Einstein himself.

While writing this answer I found many Christian sites citing this quote and thereby "concluding" that Einstein was secretly a Christian. The only thing Einstein actually said is that while reading the gospels he felt Jesus was a real person. He never said he believed in the miracles written in the Gospels or any other Bible story.

I am also a little saddened to see that many people stop being a skeptic once they see an answer that conforms to their world view. The highest voted answer is marked as original research and is a collection of (no offense) appeals to common sense and personal opinions about how Einstein would behave. That is not what Scientific Skepticism is about and I am rather shocked that it got 100+ upvotes.

Preface:
I feel that I need to answer this question, even at the risk of down-votes. Seeing that so many people upvoted Glen O's answer, I think it is necessary to at least provide a different view for the reader to judge.


Yes, he did say it in a 1929 newspaper interview (see Morgoth's answer). The interview happened, it isn't unlikely that he said this about Jesus, the background of the reporter has no impact on the veracity of the quote, the quote has been used by reputable sources and most of all: the quote (or at least the spirit of the quote) has been verified by Albert Einstein himself.

While writing this answer I found many Christian sites citing this quote and thereby "concluding" that Einstein was secretly a Christian. The only thing Einstein actually said is that while reading the gospels he felt Jesus was a real person. He never said he believed in the miracles written in the Gospels or any other Bible story.

I am also a little saddened to see that many people stop being a skeptic once they see an answer that conforms to their world view. The highest voted answer is marked as original research and is a collection of (no offense) appeals to common sense and personal opinions about how Einstein would behave. That is not what Scientific Skepticism is about and I am rather shocked that it got 100+ upvotes.

Yes, he most likely did say it in a 1929 newspaper interview (see Morgoth's answer). The interview happened, it isn't unlikely that he said this about Jesus, the background of the reporter has no impact on the veracity of the quote, the quote has been used by reputable sources and most of all: the quote (or at least the spirit of the quote) has been verified by Albert Einstein himself.

While writing this answer I found many Christian sites citing this quote and thereby "concluding" that Einstein was secretly a Christian. The only thing Einstein actually said is that while reading the gospels he felt Jesus was a real person. He never said he believed in the miracles written in the Gospels or any other Bible story.

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Yes, he did say it in a 1929 newspaper interview (see Morgoth's answer). The interview happened, it isn't unlikely that he said this about Jesus, the background of the reporter has no impact on the veracity of the quote, the quote has been used by reputable sources and most of all: the quote (or atleastat least the spirit of the quote) has been verified by Albert Einstein himself.

Some might say that because Viereck also had the "scientific" portion of the interview wrong he might have got other parts "wrong" as well. This is clearly a non sequitorsequitur. In Viereck's biography there is no mention he had any deep knowledge of the subjects of math and physics, so it is more than logical that he isn't capable of reporting correctly on those subjects. An apocryphal Einstein quote: if you can't explain it simply/correctly, you don't understand it well enough.

Blackwood handed Einstein a clipping from a magazine in which he had answered three questions as followed: 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 [a popular book everyone was reading and discussing at the time]? "Yes. But Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrase-makers. No man can dispose of Jesus wothwith a bon mot." You accept the historical existence of Jesus? "Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels withouthwithout feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life". When Mr. Blackwood asked if the article was accurate, he read it carefully, then answered, "That is what I believe".

Yes, he did say it in a 1929 newspaper interview (see Morgoth's answer). The interview happened, it isn't unlikely that he said this about Jesus, the background of the reporter has no impact on the veracity of the quote, the quote has been used by reputable sources and most of all: the quote (or atleast the spirit of the quote) has been verified by Albert Einstein himself.

Some might say that because Viereck also had the "scientific" portion of the interview wrong he might have got other parts "wrong" as well. This is clearly a non sequitor. In Viereck's biography there is no mention he had any deep knowledge of the subjects of math and physics, so it is more than logical that he isn't capable of reporting correctly on those subjects. An apocryphal Einstein quote: if you can't explain it simply/correctly, you don't understand it well enough.

Blackwood handed Einstein a clipping from a magazine in which he had answered three questions as followed: 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 [a popular book everyone was reading and discussing at the time]? "Yes. But Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrase-makers. No man can dispose of Jesus woth a bon mot." You accept the historical existence of Jesus? "Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels withouth feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life". When Mr. Blackwood asked if the article was accurate, he read it carefully, then answered, "That is what I believe".

Yes, he did say it in a 1929 newspaper interview (see Morgoth's answer). The interview happened, it isn't unlikely that he said this about Jesus, the background of the reporter has no impact on the veracity of the quote, the quote has been used by reputable sources and most of all: the quote (or at least the spirit of the quote) has been verified by Albert Einstein himself.

Some might say that because Viereck also had the "scientific" portion of the interview wrong he might have got other parts "wrong" as well. This is clearly a non sequitur. In Viereck's biography there is no mention he had any deep knowledge of the subjects of math and physics, so it is more than logical that he isn't capable of reporting correctly on those subjects. An apocryphal Einstein quote: if you can't explain it simply/correctly, you don't understand it well enough.

Blackwood handed Einstein a clipping from a magazine in which he had answered three questions as followed: 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 [a popular book everyone was reading and discussing at the time]? "Yes. But Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrase-makers. No man can dispose of Jesus 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". When Mr. Blackwood asked if the article was accurate, he read it carefully, then answered, "That is what I believe".

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Yes, he did say it in a 1929 newspaper interview (see Morgoth's answer). The interview happened, it isn't unlikely that he said this about Jesus, the background of the reporter has no impact on the veracity of the quote, the quote has been used by reputable sources and most of all: the quote (or atleast the spirit of the quote) has been verified by Albert Einstein himself.

Yes, he did say it in a 1929 newspaper interview (see Morgoth's answer). The interview happened, it isn't unlikely that he said this about Jesus, the background of the reporter has no impact on the veracity of the quote, the quote has been used by reputable sources and most of all: the quote has been verified by Albert Einstein himself.

Yes, he did say it in a 1929 newspaper interview (see Morgoth's answer). The interview happened, it isn't unlikely that he said this about Jesus, the background of the reporter has no impact on the veracity of the quote, the quote has been used by reputable sources and most of all: the quote (or atleast the spirit of the quote) has been verified by Albert Einstein himself.

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