Albert Einstein: God is a Product of “Human Weakness” and the Bible ‘Primitive Legends’

Albert Einstein is without a reason of a doubt one of the greatest scientific minds to ever live on Earth.

He was one of the most brilliant men on the planet, and it is interesting to see what he thought of God.

Einstein and Oppenheimer, around 1950.Wikimedia Commons.
Einstein and Oppenheimer, around 1950. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

We can find his personal view on religion, God, and the Bible in one of the most well-known letters Einstein penned down, a year before his death in 1954.

In a one-and-a-half-page letter known as ‘Einstein’s God Letter’ to German philosopher Eric Gutkind, Einstein revealed his view of God.

“The word God is for me nothing but the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of venerable but still rather primitive legends,” the letter reads.

“No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change anything about this.”

The 1954 letter written by Einstein, in which he pushed back on religious ideas like a personal God. Image Credit: Christie's Images Limited
The 1954 letter written by Einstein, in which he pushed back on religious ideas like a personal God. Image Credit: Christie’s Images Limited

The letter Einstein wrote was in response to the German Philosophers’ book Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt.

According to reports, Dutch mathematician and philosopher L.E.J. Brouwer had convinced Einstein to read Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt, and the piece obviously struck a note with Einstein.

The letter, auctioned by Christie’s in New York is considered among experts one of the most revealing pieces that offer insight into Einstein’s religious views, specifically on the bible and God.

Einstein, the mastermind behind the theory of general relativity, and one of the pillars of modern physics had a Jewish background.

And while he did not believe in God, he never described himself as an atheist.

In the letter, Einstein further explained he thought that was “like all other religions, an incarnation of primitive superstition”

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“The Jewish people to whom I gladly belong, and in whose mentality I feel profoundly anchored, still for me does not have any different kind of dignity from all other peoples,” he wrote.

Einstein is believed to have turned away from Religion (Judaism) after he was introduced to science, around the age of ten.

“Through the reading of popular scientific books,” the German scientists once penned down, “I soon reached the conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true.”

“The consequence was a positively fanatic orgy of freethinking coupled with the impression that youth is intentionally being deceived by the state through lies; it was a crushing impression.”

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