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Einstein “God Letter” Grabs $2.9 Million at Auction

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First reported by Cbsnews.com

Summary:

  • We now know how much at least one person values a letter from Albert Einstein, in which he discussed his thoughts about God, religion and his own Jewish faith.
  • The letter was written by Einstein in 1954 and it has fetched close to $2.9 million at an auction in New York.
  • The letter was written by Einstein the year before the Nobel prize-winning physicist’s death. The letter was addressed to philosopher Eric Gutkind. 
  • In the letter, Einstein was critical of religion. 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 honorable but still primitive legends.”

Questions:

  • Is any letter worth this much money?

Article:

NEW YORK – A letter written in 1954 by Albert Einstein, known as the “God letter,” because he spoke about God, religion and his own Jewish faith at an auction in New York for nearly $2.9 million.

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

In Einstein’s letter, “For me the word God is nothing but the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible is a collection of honorable but still primitive legends.”

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