Friday, 14 December, 2018

Handwritten Albert Einstein letter doubting God auctioned for $2.89m

Albert Einstein's Handwritten 'God letter' Fetches $2.9 Million at Rockefeller Center Auction Representative Image
Deanna Wagner | 06 December, 2018, 15:47

Einstein's "God letter", which he sent to religious philosopher Erik Gutkind, was expected to fetch between $1 million and $1.5 million at Christie's in NY.

The auction is scheduled to begin at 2 pm in NY.

Albert Einstein's famous letter detailing his inner-most thoughts on the subject of God, his Jewish faith and "man's eternal search for meaning" has sold at auction for a record-breaking amount - $2.89 million.

"For me the unadulterated Jewish religion is, like all other religions, an incarnation of primitive superstition", the letter also said. "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 wrote.

In the letter, written in his native German, Einstein takes issue with the belief in God. "As far as my experience goes, they are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power".

"I can not see anything "chosen" about them".

"In the broadest sense, it is similar to Einstein's 1939 letter to (US president) F.D.R. warning of German efforts to build the bomb that we sold for $2 million in 2002", he added.

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Albert Einstein's so-called "god letter" is set to be auctioned today, with experts estimating it will sell for up to $1.5 million.

Gutkind's book "Choose Life: The biblical Call to Revolt" characterizes Judaism and Israel as ethically untouchable entities.

Einstein was unequivocal in his critique of Gutkind's book in his letter.

The letter (full text here) was previously offered at auction in 2008, bought by a private collector for $404,000, Christie's said.

Another important letter - in which Einstein pontificated in 1928 on the theory of relativity -went for $103,000 past year.

According to a 1996 biography-Einstein: A Life-he was an extremely religious child, but by age 13 had "abandoned his uncritical religious fervour, feeling he had been deceived into believing lies", The Guardian explained.

Spinoza believed not in an anthropomorphic God who intervened in daily lives, but in a God beyond description, one responsible for the sublime beauty and orderliness of the universe.