’Thus I came … to a deep religiosity, which, however, reached an abrupt end at the age of 12. Through the reading of popular scientific books I soon reached a conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true. … Suspicion against every kind of authority grew out of this experience … an attitude which has never left me.’

Source: Schilpp, Albert Einstein Philosopher-Scientist, p.9

Editorial Comment: By age 12 Einstein was not yet influenced by relativity theory or post-doctoral studies. It was the popular press version of evolution and the age of the earth which led one of the brightest men ever to accept the Hell of agnosticism rather than the Heaven of Christ’s salvation. (Ref. Einstein, Religion, Bible)