Albert Einstein on the Church

Being a lover of freedom, when the revolution came in
Germany, I looked to the universities to defend it,
knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion
to the cause of truth; but, no, the universities
immediately were silenced. Then I looked to the great
editors of the newspapers whose flaming editorials in
days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but
they, like the universities, were silenced in a few
short weeks….
Only the Church stood squarely across the path of
Hitler’s campaign for suppressing truth. I never had
any special interest in the Church before, but now I
feel a great affection and admiration because the
Church alone has had the courage and persistence to
stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am
forced thus to confess that what I once despised I now
praise unreservedly.
  — Time magazine, 23 December 1940, page 38.


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