Einstein's 1954 letter, in which he pushed religious ideas aside, is about to be auctioned.
A handwritten letter in which Albert Einstein grappled with God, the Bible and his own Jewish identity will be put up for auction on December 4 in New York. This “God's letter” was written a year before the scientist’s death (1955) and it is planned to leave for $ 1-1.5 million.
Albert Einstein wrote a letter in January 1954 to the religious philosopher Eric Gutkind after reading his book “The Choice of Life: A Biblical Call to Revolt” (1952). In a letter written in German, Einstein first expressed his gratitude to the author for his attempt to improve existence, but then attacked the religious ideals of Gutkind.
“For me, the word God is nothing but the embodiment and product of human weakness, and the Bible is a collection of respectable, but rather primitive legends,” wrote Einstein. “No interpretation can change this fact.” Einstein did not forget to touch on his own Jewish identity: “The Jewish people, to whom I am happy to relate and to whose mentality I feel affection, still do not make me feel superior to other nations. And my experience is no better than other human groups, even if they are protected from the worst excesses due to lack of power. ”
Einstein rejected the idea of a personal God who cares and interferes in people's events, but did not identify himself as an atheist. In a letter written in March 1954, he clarifies: "If there is something religious in me, then this is unlimited admiration for the structure of the world, which science will help reveal."
In 2012, God's Letter was sold at an eBay auction for $ 3,000,100 to an anonymous buyer, although at a Bloomsbury auction in 2008, its price reached $ 404,000. Now you don’t need to be a millionaire to admire the letter. He will be put on display in New York from November 30th. December 4 starts the auction.