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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
    childish.” 

    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

        Science is handicapped.
        Science can’t even prove Love exists.  
        Yet billions will say it does.

      • Erick Masanque

        Science is not popularity contest. Kailangan ng proof  at walang counterproof bago sabihin na totoo ang isang bagay.

  • GKLer

    Einstein believed Jesus Christ existed.  Source:  Time magazine.

    • ROVENDINO

      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.

  • Horst Manure

    Religion the Worlds oldest franchise.

  • jin2012

    Proof of God is in prophecy. Einstein didn’t know this.

    There are 2000 prophecies out of 2500 that have already been fulfilled.  Some of them in the last 100 years.  

    The Book of Isaiah was written in ~700BC.  The oldest copy mankind has is dated ~300-120BC thanks to the Dead Sea Scrolls.

    Isaiah:
    9:6-7 [born as a human male]
    7:14 [born of a virgin]
    37:31 [from the House of Judah]
    11:1-10 [from the root and stump of Jesse]
    16:5 [from the House of David]
    9:1-2 [from Nazareth of Galilee]
    49:6, 42:1-6 [mission included the Gentiles]
    29:18, 35:5-6 [ministry included miraculous healings]
    61:1-2 [ministry would deliver spiritual captives]
    53:3 [despised and rejected by men]
    49:7 [hated without cause]

    So what are the mathematical odds of ALL that (and more) coming true at the right time and place in ONE man?

    Next the Atheist will say, even Christ never existed.  

    The Sanhedrin executed Jesus.  He is recorded in the Talmud.  Sanhedrin 43a – “Eve of Passover, Yeshua was hanged etc..”  The Talmud also refers to 5 disciples of Christ, it states how old he was when he died, and how the Romans got involved.  So the question to the Atheist is:  Why would the Sanhedrin document a “mythical” enemy? That’s like saying the CIA is documenting mythical enemies rather than real terrorists.

    Thallus wrote about the execution of Jesus, his writings date up to 52AD.

    Flavius Josephus, a member of the Pharisees and court historian to Emperor Vespasian made references to Pilate, Caiphas, Jesus, James – brother of Jesus.  So why would he risk the ire of the emperor in reporting several mythical figures?

    Artifacts (physical evidence):  There is Pilate’s Stone, the Ossuary of James that states:  James – Son of Joseph, Brother of Jesus. There is also the Ossuary of Caiphas, where his body was found including coins dated to 42AD.   

    Tacitus wrote about the burning of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70AD.

    Jesus prophesied about the destruction of Jerusalem in Matthew 24.  Myths do not prophecy.

    Reader’s Digest, Encyclopedia Brittanica lists Christ as FACT.  Even Einstein believed Jesus Christ existed.

    Finally, to the Atheist, name me one movement in history that has 100,000 followers and has survived for at least 300 years without a real leader.

    • Erick Masanque

      The Gospels are written after the destruction of the temple

      • Petrus_Romanus

        Matthew was completed circa 41AD. 

        It covers what transpired from 2BC (~birth of Christ)  to 33AD.  Why would anyone wait 30++ years before writing it down?Jesus was referred to as “teacher”  … does a student (the disciples) wait that long to take down the teacher’s words?

        It was written in Hebrew, then later it was translated into Greek. It was written in Palestine, the exact year isn’t known, however – there is evidence in some manuscripts dating in the 10th century that point to 41AD.

        Jerome (aka St. Jerome) in 380AD (Latin Vulgate Bible) translated the Bible into Latin from Hebrew OT and Greek NT.  Jerome stated that the Hebrew text of Matthew was preserved during his day (4th century).

      • Erick Masanque

        Can you give a link that can verify your claims.

      • Petrus_Romanus

        You can do a google search:  “Matthew 41AD” or “Matthew 41 AD” and you will find some  links.  My source is a 20-30+ year old book.

        Even if you believe they were written hundreds of years after…. Here is some food for thought:

        The Roman Catholic Church banned, burned Bibles and the Believers who read it or had a copy for 600 years (~1200s to 1800s), and used an army to murder 50-100 million people in its ~2000 year history.

        Despite all that power, the Bible did spread, and today it is estimated that 7.5 billion Bibles have been printed since 1816 and are in circulation in 2370 languages. 100 million are being sold per year, not including electronic copies.

        Compare it with the prophecy below written ~2000 years ago:

        Matthew 24 (prophecy from Jesus on the end times)
        “14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

      • Erick Masanque

        But most of the sources that I have read said that the Mark is the first gospel that is written and the earliest range on when it is written was at 70 C.E.

      • Petrus_Romanus

        Mark covers the biblical events mainly from 29AD-33AD.  On that reason alone, it cannot be the “first”. It is believed Mark was completed in 60-65AD in Rome while Paul was imprisoned.

        Luke covers the events from 3BC to 33AD. It was written likely in Caesarea and completed between 56-58AD
        -before- Acts was completed in 61AD (see Acts 1:1) while Luke was in Rome with Paul
        -after- he returned from Philippi with Paul at the end of the 3rd missionary journey
        -and while- Paul was waiting 2 years in prison at Caesarea.

        John was likely written near or at Ephesus in 98AD. It covers “After prologue” and the period from 29-33AD. It is generally believed that John wrote his Gospel after his return from exile on Patmos. Emperor Nerva (96-98AD) recalled many who had been exiled during Emperor Domitian’s reign. John is believed to have died peacefully at Ephesus in the 3rd year of Emperor Trajan (100AD).

  • Mananandata69

    One thing sure Einstein is not heaven. Anybody knows where his soul is now

    • warhammerhamster

      One thing that is NOT sure is that there even is a heaven at all. And no, people can’t use old fiction as proof.

      • Petrus_Romanus

        Read Jin2012’s post below.  

        Here’s one more to add.

        The Roman Catholic Church banned, burned Bibles and the Believers who read it or had a copy for 600 years (~1200s to 1800s), and used an army to murder 50-100 million people in its ~2000 year history.

        Despite all that power, the Bible did spread, and today it is estimated that 7.5 billion Bibles have been printed since 1816 and are in circulation in 2370 languages.  100 million are being sold per year, not including electronic copies.

        Compare it with the prophecy below written ~2000 years ago:

        Matthew 24
        “14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CBBPG4SGSURB5V5A5BBQX4HF2Y Peter

      this guy is hallucinating, he must have seen Einstein’s soul in hell.

    • Petrus_Romanus

      1.  First the actual definition of word “soul” (hebrew:  nephesh, נֶפֶש) = is a person or an animal.

      If you watch old movies, you will know why when someone asks:  How many are aboard yer ship?  The answer he gets:  We have a hundred armed souls ‘mate.

      Genesis 2:7 “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man -became- a living -soul- (nephesh, נֶפֶש).”

      You will find the same Hebrew word “nephesh, נֶפֶש, soul” when describing the creatures.

      Genesis 1:20-27.  “God went on to say: Let the waters swarm forth a swarm of living souls.  And God proceeded to create the great sea monsters and every living soul that moves about, which the waters swarmed forth according to their kinds…”

      2.  Where is Einstein now?

      You are correct in saying Einstein is not in Heaven.

      God answered that in Genesis

      Genesis 3:19 “In the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken.  For dust you are and to dust you will return.

      Ecclesiastes 9:5 “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.”

      Psalm 146:4 “His spirit departs, and he returns to the earth. In that very day, his thoughts perish.”

      >>> Even King David, a man described in the Bible as close to God’s heart (1 Samuel 13:14; 16:7) is not in heaven.

      Act 2:34 “David did not ascend to the heavens”.

      >>> Jesus would definitely know the answer, see what he says pertaining to Lazarus.

      John 11:11-14
      “11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” 12 His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep. 14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

      >>> Jesus was dead for 3 days, surely he can tell us if he was in heaven with the Father.

      Refer to John 20.

      11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

      17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

      Finally, 

      Act 24:15
      “And have hope towards God, which they themselves also allow, that there will be
      a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.”

  • Nick_Fury

    Which goes to show that no matter how Einstein Albert is he still can’t unravel, decipher, decode much more understand the Bible. It goes to show that the Bible is a close book and understanding it is interpreted by a prophet. So even though Albert is regarded to man as Einstein he is by no means a child with no understanding of the Bible. Understanding the Bible is given by God to his prophet and not to a Einstein’s of the world. What do you gain if you have worldly knowledge and brilliance but not Gods words and wisdom? Blessed is he who is appointed by God today to reveal Gods will and wisdom. That person exists today. All you have to do is pray hard that you might find that person one day to lead you back to God.

  • UrHONOR

    MOST of the arguments are begging the question…..assuming true that which has to be proven yet.  Hindi tamang kaisipan yang sasabihin na ang isang bagay ay totoo dahil ayon kay ganito at ganuon, yon ay totoo.  Makakabuti na gamitin ang personal na kaisipan sa halip na gamitin ang kaisipan ng iba pa.  Ayon kay Andres Bonifacio ang hindi paggalang sa ama’t ina ang isang gawaing hindi maka-tao.  Samakatuwid dapat galangin ang ama’t ina dahil yon ang sabi ni Andres Bonifacio.

  • Olibo

    We should respect his principle.RIP Albert, see you in purgatory. 

    • Erick Masanque

      Saan ba yang purgatory na yan…



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