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Albert Einstein letter which he uses to say religion is ‘childish’ goes up for auction for £1.8



Albert Einstein letter which he uses to say religion is ‘childish’ goes up for auction for £1.85MILLION



The agnostic Jew goes on to say the Bible is a 'collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish'.

He adds: 'For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions.

'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.

He added: 'As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power.

'Otherwise I cannot see anything ‘chosen’ about them.'

Science vs the divine: Despite being agnostic, Einstein felt an 'affinity' to the Jewish people

The letter, written one year before the German’s death in 1955, is commonly known as ‘The God Letter’.

When it was offered by Bloomsbury Auctions in 2008 it had an estimate of just £8,000. But a bidding frenzy resulted in one anonymous person eventually paying a staggering £170,000.

The letter has been stored in a temperature-controlled vault and will be sold through LA-based Auction Cause with a starting bid of $3 million (£1.85million). However, it has been estimated the letter could fetch as much as twice this figure.

Eric Gazin, president of Auction Cause, said: 'This letter, in my opinion, is really of historical and cultural significance as these are the personal and private thoughts of arguably the smartest man of the 20th century.

'The letter was written near the end of his life, after a lifetime of learning and thought.'

Einstein was a theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, effecting a revolution in physics.

For this achievement, Einstein is often regarded as the father of modern physics




From: www.dailymail.co.uk