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Albert Einstein’s ‘God Letter’ Was Auctioned For $3M, It Reveals His Eye-Opening Stance On Religion
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Albert Einstein’s ‘God Letter’ Was Auctioned For $3M, It Reveals His Eye-Opening Stance On Religion

On December 4th, Albert Einstein’s “God letter”, addressed to the philosopher Eric Gutkind, was auctioned off for $2,892,500 and became the most expensive Einstein letter ever sold.

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Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who transformed humankind’s understanding of nature and the universe. He laid the foundation for modern physics and changed the views on space, time, energy and mass. He is best known for proposing the theory of relativity and his mass-energy equivalence formula. In 1921 Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics “for his services to theoretical physics and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”.

However, his achievements in physics were not his only contributions people took interest in. Einstein’s views on religion have always been of interest, as many people sought to understand his beliefs. Finally, in 2008 a letter was released to the public, in which the famous scientists made a powerful statement on religion.

This testimonial of the famous scientist’s views on religious was written in January of 1954, just a year before his death. The so-called “God letter” was addressed to Gutkind as a response to his book “Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt”.

The letter became one of a few sources that defined Einstein’s stance on religion.

Read the English translation of the letter below

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diane a
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Albert Einstein makes a hell of a lot more sense than God or gods.

FortnitePlayerGirl
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My brain hurts after reading a few words and skipping it all to write this comment...XD

diane a
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Go back and read it all - a brilliant mind telling it like it is. Although I had to google "monotheism" I learned one fact this afternoon

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Misterscooter
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My guess is that Einstein didn't convince Gutkind to change his beliefs just as Gutkind didn't convince Einstein. And if you didn't believe in God before now, Albert just reinforced your view and if you believed in God, he likely didn't change anything. So, really, in the grand scheme, nothing new here.

Linouchka 99
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So, the only reason to discuss something with someone is the hope to convince the other person that you are right and they are wrong ?!? You can't just exchange points of view, agree to disagree and have a good time getting to know someone better ? Different people with different mindsets can like to talk to each other, just to get a glimpse of the way THEY see the world, inside and out !

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diane a
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Albert Einstein makes a hell of a lot more sense than God or gods.

FortnitePlayerGirl
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My brain hurts after reading a few words and skipping it all to write this comment...XD

diane a
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Go back and read it all - a brilliant mind telling it like it is. Although I had to google "monotheism" I learned one fact this afternoon

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Misterscooter
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My guess is that Einstein didn't convince Gutkind to change his beliefs just as Gutkind didn't convince Einstein. And if you didn't believe in God before now, Albert just reinforced your view and if you believed in God, he likely didn't change anything. So, really, in the grand scheme, nothing new here.

Linouchka 99
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So, the only reason to discuss something with someone is the hope to convince the other person that you are right and they are wrong ?!? You can't just exchange points of view, agree to disagree and have a good time getting to know someone better ? Different people with different mindsets can like to talk to each other, just to get a glimpse of the way THEY see the world, inside and out !

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