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Einstein letter on God to be auctioned on eBay

The signature of Albert Einstein is seen on a letter displayed with other documents during a press conference at the Israeli Hebrew University in Jerusalem on March 19, 2012. AFP FILE PHOTO

LONDON – A letter in which Albert Einstein dismissed the idea of God as a product of human weakness is being sold on eBay for a starting price of $3 million.

The letter, handwritten in 1954, a year before Einstein’s death, was addressed to philosopher Eric Gutkind. In it, Einstein discussed his views on religion, including calling “the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.”

An anonymous collector who bought the letter in 2008 is putting it on sale on online auction site eBay from Monday. The auction closes Oct. 18.

Eric Gazin, a spokesman for the sale, said Sunday: “With the interest in Einstein, along with the questions this (letter) touches on, we feel it is well worth the price.”

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I4H2WMHPSR6JGHOTMDLUA6QYHU Observer18

    “A letter in which Albert Einstein dismissed the idea of God as a
    product of human weakness is being sold on eBay for a starting price of
    $3 million, calling the Bible a collection of
    honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty

    Let’s see how many Catholics/Christians and fanatical hypocrites will be venting anger and vituperation on Einstein.

    • GKLer

      Einstein has been dead some time now…so, it wouldn’t help vent on a dead guy.

    • done_druff

      I am a Catholic and I dont care what Einstein or anybody says about religion or the existence of God. That is their problem. If you believe in God, He does not force himself to believe in Him or to love Him. So sorry to says if you think Catholics will rant on this!

      • vinzerx

        You may be level-headed, but others aren’t. Kudos that you’re not one of those people.

    • marivon

       I wish you wold not equate a true Christian from a fanatic. Jesus Christ preached to love even the enemy, how much more to a human being who expresses his opinion on the Bible. God is God no matter how much Einstein or Hawking prove by mathematical formulas that there is no God. Denying God is like convincing your self that fire is not hot.

      • Bullet Train

        Let’s admit the fact that no other social institutions has caused as much harm to society as religion. May it be Christian, Hindus or Muslims, every religion across the board have destroyed or held societies back. There is nothing holy left in religion. It’s true that religion as a political institution once had a role in organizing society, but now religions is in the hands of petty power seeking scavengers. Catholic leaders are notorious on this. 

      • Bullet Train

        Fire is hot and that is proven by science through observation and experience. but believing in God is like convincing yourself that that you are sitting on a chair that doesn’t exist. boom! and that’s what we call faith.

  • GKLer

    Einstein believed Jesus Christ existed.  Source:  Time magazine.


      yup but that still doesn’t mean he believe that there’s God….

  • Pablo Juan

    There’s a reason why its called “faith”.  Otherwise religion would have been called a “Discipline”, like the sciences.

  • patriotic_act

    Here we go again

  • divictes

    So what? I believe in God and I am awed by Einstein’s E=mc2.

  • regd

    The sun shineth on everyone. The rain falls on the just and unjust. Believers or non-believers, the gift is the same. It sounds unfair, but only on our perspective, not on His! Billions live and believe as though He does not exist. As His nature was, He kept silent because at the end of everyone’s journey is Him. And then you’ll have to make the choice.

    What is worse than dead is what dies within while still living. Life is beautiful, God made it that way.

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