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Albert Einstein's controversial “god letter” fetches $ 2.89 million on auction

A private letter by Albert Einstein, where he characterizes religious beliefs as "childlike convictions", picked up a record breaking $…

A private letter by Albert Einstein, where he characterizes religious beliefs as “childlike convictions”, picked up a record breaking $ 2.89 million on an auction this week.

The handbook is one and a half page dated January 3, 1954. Nobel Prize winner sent it to religious philosopher Eric Gutkind in response to Gutkind’s book, “Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt”.

An agent for the named buyer received the letter on Tuesday after a powerful 4-minute contest, which saw the price increase to almost twice Sotheby’s highest forecast of $ 1

.5 million.

The word God is to me nothing but expression and product of human weakness.
Albert Einstein

“Collecting the world over competed very heavily in rooms, by phone and online,” says Sven Becker, director of books and manuscripts in Christie’s New York.

Dubbed the letter of God, Einstein, a German-born Jew who settled in the United States in the 1930s, disagreed with several of Gutkind’s theological beliefs and explained his own thoughts about the Almighty and religion.

“The word God is to me nothing but expression and product of human weakness, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still pure primitive, the legend which is still quite childish,” Einstein wrote in German.

Christie’s books and manuscripts specialist Peter Klarnet said that the letter “is one of the definitive statements in religion against the science debate”. [19659002] At the time of writing, Einstein was 74 years old and lives in Princeton, New Jersey. He is considered to be one of the most famous brain in the 20th century and is best known for his general theory of relativity and the iconic E = mc2 equation that states that energy and mass are interchangeable.

In the letter to Gutkind, the famous physicist wrote about his love for the Jewish people, to which he said he belonged. But he also said that Judaism, like all other religions, is an “incarnation of primitive supplements”.

“No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can change something about this [for me]”, Einstein wrote.

 Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein gives a lecture at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, 1934.


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Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein gives a lecture at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, 1934.

Missed, written about 15 months before Einstein died, was auctioned with the original envelope, stamp and postmark. It was sold only shortly after its death and has been in private hands ever since.

It was sold last on eBay 2012 for $ 3,000 100, which means that the latest anonymous seller failed to make a profit. However, the person who sold the letter in that transaction had made a significant profit, which paid $ 404,000 for it in 2008.

At the time of the eBay auction, the New York Times described the letter as “pouring gas into the culture war between science and religion. “Among the bidders allegedly lost in 2008 were well-known atheist and scientist Richard Dawkins.

Einstein’s letter was terminated with “kind regards and best wishes”. He signed it A. Einstein.

Click here for a full translation of the letter

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