"The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity [nonduality, oneness]. Buddhism answers this description. If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism" (Albert Einstein).
Einstein was an atheist
Einstein was an atheist. He was not denying something greater than what we see, just our limited conception of it. Einstein, a peace activist and vegetarian, used the word "god" in the Eastern Philosophical sense of Brahman -- the unseen reality behind the illusion of our experience -- never as Brahma, a personal God that beings are separate from and go back to heaven to rejoin. It may sound like hair splitting, but it's a vital distinction in Eastern Philosophy.
Attaining the experience of connectedness is a Oneness, a heaven here and now, a non-dual state of joy; people frequently refer to it as an experience of being one with GOD (a word for the entire Universe, all we're capable of, the Source of our interdependent lives linked to everything and everyone) or the "Godhead" (godhood or divinity within us all), as Hindus explain and St. Issa taught before getting crucified for saying so.
In a letter Einstein made his position perfectly clear: "I am, of course, and have always been an atheist."*
"A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty -- it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man" (Albert Einstein).
"I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one. You may call me an agnostic, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth. I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being."**
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.”
“Being a lover of freedom… 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" (Bonya).