Einstein Was No Einstein


This week a letter handwritten by Albert Einstein in January 1954 sold at auction for $404,000. He wrote the letter to philospher Eric Gutkind. It was a year before Einstein’s death. The letter is important because in it, Einstein gives expression to his views on God and on the Bible.

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 which are nevertheless pretty childish.

So the poster child for geniuses demonstrated his foolishness. The psalmist wrote “The fool says in his heart, `There is no God (Psalm 14:1).” I am pretty sure that Einstein changed his views about a year later.