Albert Einstein ‘God letter’ for eBay auction, bidding starts at $3 million (Photo)

By on Oct 5, 2012 in Lifestyle, Science Comments

The so-called ‘Albert Einstein God letter,’ as shown in the photo below, will be sold at eBay auction and bidding will start at $3 million. It was reportedly sold for $404,000 in another auction four years ago. The Einstein eBay auction will start on Monday, October 8, 2012 and will end on Thursday, October 18, 2012.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein
Image Credit: Einsteinletter.com

According to a recent post at AuctionCause.com, Albert Einstein wrote the said letter in 1954, a year before the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics winner passed away at the age of 76. The handwritten letter contains the views of famous physicist on religion, the Bible, and the concept of God.

As noted at Einsteinletter.com, the letter for auction is the original copy and was written in German. It was sent from Princeton, New Jersey, to Eric B. Gutkind on January 3, 1954, as Einstein‘s response to Gutkind‘s book “Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt.”

“The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.” The letter said, as translated to English by Joan Stambaugh.

“For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people.” The Einstein ‘God’ letter added.

“As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything ‘chosen’ about them.” The letter continued, and later ended with Einstein‘s signature on top of his name.

This controversial Einstein letter was said to be stored in a temperature, humidity and light controlled environment at a professional academic institution that specializes in the care of cultural heritage collections. The buyer will also get hold of its original envelope with the original stamp and postmark.


Albert Einstein god letter
Albert Einstein ‘God’ letter
Image Credit: EinsteinLetter.com


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