Albert Einstein’s ‘God letter’ fetches nearly US$3 million at auction

Albert Einstein’s ‘God letter’ fetches nearly US$3 million at auction

Einstein was unequivocal in his critique of Gutkind's book in his letter. It was addressed to philosopher Eric Gutkind, who had written a book about Jewish spirituality and the pursuit of science. In it, Einstein said he was proud to be Jewish, but that his pride was not rooted in religion.

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German scientist Albert Einstein's most famous letter about his views on God and religion, written just a year before his death, has been sold for a whopping United States dollars 2.89 million at an auction here. This remarkably candid, private letter was written a year before Einstein's death and remains the most fully articulated expression of his religious and philosophical views, the auction said in a statement.

Christie's placed a $US1 million to $US1.5 million estimate on the letter.

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"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. But Einstein at times said he was not an atheist, and resented being labelled as one.

The physicist also muses on his own Jewish identity, writing that it is "like all other religions, an incarnation of primitive superstition".

Einstein goes on to write: "No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change anything about this".

He said he believed in "Spinoza's God" - referring to Baruch Spinoza, a 17th-century Dutch thinker - "who reveals himself in the lawful harmony of the world, not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and the doings of mankind". "Otherwise I can not perceive anything "chosen" about them".

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