14 May 2008

Einstein's letter about God

This is going to make headlines and probably upset quite a lot of people.

A letter written by Albert Einstein is going to be sold off this week; in it, he seems to state his stand on God and religion.

"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 which are nevertheless pretty childish."

"No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this," he wrote in the letter written on January 3, 1954 to the philosopher Eric Gutkind, cited by The Guardian newspaper.

At least he felt an affinity with humankind in general.

Wonder if anyone is going to cry "forgery" here.