Einstein letter denounces God and the Bible

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Renowned physicist Albert Einstein in a letter to a fellow scientist in 1954 penned a fairly severe denunciation of God, the Bible and Judaism, reported the British newspaper The Guardian.

In the letter, which is to be auctioned in London on Thursday, the man whose name is today synonymous with genius wrote that "the word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses."

As for the Word of God, Einstein referred to the Bible as "a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish."

Following that logic, he asserted that Judaism "like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions."

Einstein expressed what appears to be a broad spectrum of opinions on the existence of God during his life. He is also credited with the following statements indicating he very much believed in God:

"I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are details."

"God is subtle but He is not malicious."

"Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."

"I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice."

Einstein is known to have rejected the idea of institutionalized religion and the doctrines that have been built up regarding God's character and relationship to man.

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