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mccorquodale
May 15 2008
Einstein's thoughts on religion: sold to the highest bidder

According to this Guardian article, a letter by Albert Einstein with a variety of comments about religion sold for a record price (record for a letter by Einstein) of 170,000 pounds.

The 1954 letter says things such as:

"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.

and

For me the Jewish religion like all others 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. As far as my experience goes, they are 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.

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