Einstein letter on God to be auctioned on eBay

A letter in which Albert Einstein dismissed the idea of God as a product of human weakness is being sold on eBay for a starting price of $3 million.

The letter, handwritten in 1954, a year before Einstein's death, was addressed to philosopher Eric Gutkind. In it, Einstein discussed his views on religion, including calling "the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish."

An anonymous collector who bought the letter in 2008 is putting it on sale on online from Monday. The auction closes Oct. 18.

Eric Gazin, a spokesman for the sale, said Sunday: "With the interest in Einstein, along with the questions this (letter) touches on, we feel it is well worth the price."

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Oct 08, 2012
Well, that should put THAT particular discussion to rest.

Oct 08, 2012
Well, you would hope so. Theists being what they are will no doubt piss & moan that Herr Professor should have stuck to Physics rather than theology. In fact: watch this thread...they're on their way.

Oct 08, 2012
Well, that should put THAT particular discussion to rest.

It won't, because they don't care about facts or evidence, if it doesn't agree with their faith it is wrong, because that is the definition of faith. They'll just say that Einstein believed in God and he was just kidding/lying/the devil made him do it... they really don't care how ridiculous their claims are, and pointing it out to them is utterly ineffectual. It is a mental disease, you cannot cure a schizo by informing them that they are schizo.

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