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Book Review: Religion Without God by Ronald Dworkin

Though an atheist, Einstein nevertheless belonged in “the ranks of devoutly religious men”

Albert Einstein once said that although he was an atheist, he nevertheless belonged in “the ranks of devoutly religious men.” Much of the political philosopher Ronald Dworkin’s final book—published posthumously after he died in February at the age of 81—is devoted to working out what Einstein might have meant by that.

Dworkin notes that Einstein’s fellow atheist Richard Dawkins thinks the remark is “destructively misleading.” It muddies, Dawkins argues, the distinction between the scientific, “naturalist” belief that the universe is governed by fundamental physical laws, and the belief, which he takes…

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