September 28 in freethought history…

alberteinsteinSeptember 28, 1949 – Albert Einstein writes to a man named Guy H. Raner, Jr. (with whom he briefly corresponded), “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.”

September 28, 1980 – Carl Sagan’s 13-part science documentary series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage premieres on the Public Broadcasting Service. Written by Sagan, his wife Ann Druyan and astrophysicist Steven Soter, Cosmos was, at the time, the most-watched show in the history of PBS.

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