Ein­stein’s ‘God let­ter’ fetches $2.9M at auc­tion

Times Colonist - - Religion And Spirituality -

NEW YORK — A 1954 let­ter writ­ten by Al­bert Ein­stein and known as the “God let­ter” be­cause he dis­cussed his thoughts about God and re­li­gion has fetched close to $2.9 mil­lion at an auc­tion in New York.

The let­ter, which was sold at Christie’s on Tues­day, was writ­ten the year be­fore the No­bel prize-win­ning physi­cist’s death. It was ad­dressed to philoso­pher Eric Gutkind, who had writ­ten a book about Jewish spir­i­tu­al­ity and the pur­suit of sci­ence.

In the let­ter, Ein­stein de­clared: “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.”

Ein­stein was con­stantly ques­tioned about his re­li­gious be­liefs dur­ing his life­time.

The let­ter had pre­vi­ously sold for $404,000 at Blooms­bury Auc­tions in Lon­don in 2008.

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No­bel prize-win­ning physi­cist Al­bert Ein­stein wrote the “God let­ter” in 1954.

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