Einstein's 'God Letter' is back on the market: Einstein’s ‘God Letter,’ a Viral Missive From 1954. The letter became public in 2008 and sold for $404,000. It's now for sale again at Christie's and is expected to go in the $1 million to $1.5 million dollar range. This is the portion that gets all the attention, translated from the German:
quote:The word God is for me nothing but the expression of and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of venerable but still rather primitive legends. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change anything about this.
Einstein's various expressions of his views on God were not consistent, and he, like other scientists, often used God as a metaphor for science, as when he said, "God does not play dice," as an objection to quantum theory. This letter will only add to the debate about what Einstein really thought about God.