Einstein letter doubting God auctioned for $2.89m

Einstein letter doubting God auctioned for $2.89m

Einstein letter doubting God auctioned for $2.89m

It will be auctioned by Christie's in NY, the BBC reported.

In the letter Einstein, a Jew, also articulates his disenchantment with Judaism.

A screengrab of the letter by Albert Einstein in which the physicist doubts the existence of God.

Einstein wrote what was dubbed "The God Letter" to philosopher Eric Gutkind, in 1954.

The letter instead reached a grand total of $2,892,500 on Tuesday following a four-minute bidding battle between two clients on the phones, setting a world auction record for an Einstein letter.

"And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people", Einstein continued.

"As far as my experience goes, they are in fact no better than other human groups, even if they are protected from the worst excesses by a lack of power. Otherwise I can not see anything "chosen" about them".

The letter was written in response to a book by Gutkind, called Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt. In it, Gutkind proposed a reinterpretation of traditional Judaism.

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He admitted to breaking the law in the past, and decided he wanted to advocate for change. He immediately pointed to his 4-year-old brother, Dax. "He was pretty excited".

The 1954 letter surfaced in 2008 after being held by Gutkind's family.

Additionally, a copy of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" was also sold at auction and fetched $162,500, Christie's said.

Not surprisingly, Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist who authored "The God Delusion", once pursued this very letter.

In this file photo, Albert Einstein delivers a recorded lecture some time in 1955 at an unspecified location.

Another important letter - in which Einstein pontificated in 1928 on the theory of relativity -went for $103,000 a year ago.

While Einstein acknowledges that he and Gutkind had a lot in common "with regard to the factual attitude to life and to human community", he launches into a personal diatribe against religion.

Spinoza believed not in an anthropomorphic God who intervened in daily lives, but in a God beyond description, one responsible for the sublime beauty and orderliness of the universe.

On another occasion, he criticised "fanatical atheists whose intolerance is of the same kind as the intolerance of the religious fanatics".

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