Einstein ‘God Letter’ Sold On eBay For Just Over $3 Million


Albert Einstein’s “God Letter” was sold for $3,000,100 to an anonymous online bidder.

According to eBay, there were only two bids on the historic document, but the competition was enough to bump the sale to just above the asking price of $3 million, i09 notes.

However, when the auction was announced earlier this month, Eric Gazin, president of the Los Angeles-based auction house that handled the sale, speculated the item might triple its opening bid threshold, Fox News reports.

The auction closed Oct. 18.

The handwritten letter, sent to Jewish philosopher Erik Gutkind shortly before Einstein’s death, references several philosophical and theological themes including religion and tribalism. The letter also expresses Einstein’s belief that God does not exist.

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  1. Don’t need to be no Einstein to work out god is a figment!

    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. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. These subtilised interpretations are highly manifold according to their nature and have almost nothing to do with the original text. 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. 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.

  2. Given this, and how obvious it is, why are creationists or even liberal theists, still touting that Einstein was religious. The blinders are always on I guess.

  3. Hopefully the winning bidder isn’t a religious nut looking to burn the evidence.

  4. The “even Einstein believed in God”-canard is even more dead now than it was before this letter. However, no doubt many Christians will soon be taught that the translation of the letter is not accurate. Einstein writes that all religions are “childish superstitions”, but apparantly he did not say “childish”. There is an attempt over at WEIT to give it a more accurate translation.


    A letter worth 3 million dollars should really be afforded an official translation into English, a translation that can’t be twisted to fit a contrary message from the “But even Einstein believed in God!”-lot.

  5. I agree with the ‘perhaps they will finally shut up about religious Einstein’ sentiment in this thread, but we have to remember that in the end he was just one, (albeit bloody brilliant,) man. Let’s not use his disbelief in a god as an argument against religion too much. 

  6. Thankyou ergaster. I’m the one who posted a correct transcript and an accurate translation on whyevolutionistrue. How incompetent does a translater have to be to translate “…primitiver Legenden.” to “…primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.”?

  7. Hahaha… this story is actually quite hilarious. Just imagine the situation when the second bidder raised with 100 dollars and the first one was: “How on earth am I going to afford to compete with such an undaunted individual! Damn you!”

  8. The only proper responses to anyone insinuating that Einstein was religious are: “so fucking what?” or “Newton was an alchemist” or “Einstein also had a quite impressive mustache”…

  9. Sadly, I think the religious mentality will prove immune to this; as the man said, the interpretations of the Bible are manifold and have almost nothing to do with the original text. I suspect the same will apply to this letter. It’ll be interpreted out of existence if it doesn’t suit the likings of any given believer.

    On the other hand, it may possibly enable some to escape the shackles of superstition. I for one, who is free of such self serving tripe, can only hope so.

  10. BananasForEveryone
    Given this, and how obvious it is, why are creationists or even liberal theists, still touting that Einstein was religious. The blinders are always on I guess.

    I would guess, it is because the fundie brain cannot grasp the concept of a secular Jew! –

    In any case, as we have seen in discussions here, they will lay claim to anyone with academic standing, to use as a badge of false authority for their views, –  on they flimsiest connections to religions.

    On Y.E. cretinist websites there are long lists of scientists , who had some sort of religious connection at some time in their lives.

    They even high-jacked the “God-damned-particle”!

  11. Paul, wow! You adroitly manipulated all Einstein’s statements to draw your own conclusion. I take him at his word and am not interested in quote mining and engaging in the mental gymnastics of those who wish to prove a personal creator. His metaphorical use of the word god is just that, a metaphor.

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