A letter handwritten by physicist Albert Einstein a year before his death, expressing his views on religion, will be sold on eBay this month with an opening bid of $3 million, an auction agency said on Tuesday. Albert Einstein in his “God Letter? wrote the following words:”?The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change this?
Einstein was a genius, and yet to him the cross was foolishness…
But doesn’t the Bible say: “Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?”
Known as the “God Letter,” the correspondence offers insights into the private thoughts about religion, God and tribalism of one of the world’s most brilliant minds.
“This letter, in my opinion, is really of historical and cultural significance as these are the personal and private thoughts of arguably the smartest man of the 20th century,” said Eric Gazin, the president of Auction Cause, a Los Angeles-based premier auction agency, which will handle the sale on eBay.
“The letter was written near the end of his life, after a lifetime of learning and thought,” he added.
Einstein wrote the letter in German on January 3, 1954, on Princeton University letterhead to philosopher Erik Gutkind after he read Gutkind’s book “Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt.”
“…The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change this,” wrote the German-born scientist, who in 1921 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
The anonymous seller of the letter, which will be auctioned with the original envelope, stamp and postmark, purchased it from Bloomsbury Auctions in London in 2008 for $404,000.
Sad to see that the man that is the modern day icon of genius, like Da Vinci? is the prototype of the Renaissance genius can be so far way from the truth. But doesn’t the Bible say in 1 Corinthians 1:
18?For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19?For it is written:
?I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.?
20?Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21?For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22?For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23?but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks[b] foolishness, 24?but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25?Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
And so even today we see that atheism is still far from dead. But we also can now see atheism for what it truly is ? a religion in its own right. It is a religion founded neither on clear-thinking nor on science and is absolutely committed to perpetuating a view which is being increasingly discredited by science ? the belief that the natural world, the world we can see or touch, is all that exists, and that everything we can see and touch comes only from what we can see and touch. Matter/energy is the ultimate reality of the universe.
Congratulations! Atheists these days have more faith than most Christians I know!