Monday, October 8, 2012
Albert Einstein letter which he uses to say religion is ‘childish’ goes up for auction for £1.85MILLION
Thanks to Daniel for passing this along.
A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein in which he calls religion 'childish' is to be sold at auction - with a starting price of £1.85million.
The Nobel Prize-winning scientist questions the existence of God in a letter penned to philosopher Eric Gutkind in 1954.
In the private letter, which was a response to Gutkind’s book ‘Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt’, the genius says the word God is 'nothing more than the expression of human weaknesses'.
The agnostic Jew goes on to say the Bible is a 'collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish'.
He adds: '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.
He 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, written one year before the German’s death in 1955, is commonly known as ‘The God Letter’.