Das Wort Gott ist für mich nichts als
Ausdruck und Produkt menschlicher
Schwächen, die Bibel eine Sammlung
ehrwürdiger aber doch reichlich
The word God for me is nothing more than the product
and expression of human weaknesses, the Bible a
collection of many honorable but still primitive legends.
The word God is for me nothing more than the expression
and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection
of honorable, but still primitive legends which are
nevertheless pretty childish.
The word God is for me nothing more than
the expression and product of human
weaknesses, the Bible a collection of
honourable, but still primitive legends
which are nevertheless pretty childish.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
A letter penned by Albert Einstein in which he challenges the
concept of religion has broken sale records at auction, fetching
close to $2.9 million.
Einstein’s “God letter,” which he sent to religious philosopher Erik
Gutkind, was expected to fetch between $1 million and $1.5 million
at Christie’s in New York.
The letter instead reached a grand total of $2,892,500 on Tuesday
following a four-minute bidding battle between two clients on the
phones, setting a world auction record for an Einstein letter.
这封信在周二的总价达到了 2,892,500 美元，
“ Collectors worldwide competed very strongly, in the room, over
the phone and online, for this finely curated auction which
comprised masterpieces and fresh-to-market property across a
wide range of subjects,” said Sven Becker, head of books and
manuscripts at Christie’s.
Einstein’s 1954 letter – which was written in German a year before
his death – is a reaction to Gutkind’s 1952 book, “Choose Life: the
Biblical Call to Revolt.”
While Einstein acknowledges that he and Gutkind had a lot in
common “with regard to the factual attitude to life and to human
community,” he launches into a personal diatribe against religion.
“ The word God is for me nothing more
than the expression and product of
human weakness, the Bible a
collection of honorable, but still
purely primitive legends, which are
nevertheless pretty childish, ”
Einstein's famous 'God Letter' is expected to fetch $1 million at
auction “No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can change
anything about this (for me),” he concludes.
Einstein, who was a German-born Jew, also acknowledges his love
and shared identity with the Jewish people, but calls Judaism, “like
all other religions… an incarnation of primitive superstition.”
“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 writes.
Peter Klarnet, a senior specialist in books and manuscripts at
Christie’s, described the letter as “one of the definitive statements
in the religion vs science debate,” in a statement.
Peter Klarnet, a senior specialist in books and
manuscripts at Christie’s, described the letter as
“ one of the definitive statements in the religion
vs science debate,” in a statement.
“ 宗教与科学辩论中的权威陈述之一 ”。
Einstein says: “The word God is for me nothing more than
the expression and product of human weaknesses, the
Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive,
legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.”
The sentence has been hailed as evidence that the
physicist, one of the 20th century’s most esteemed
thinkers, was an atheist. But Einstein at times said
he was not an atheist, and resented being labelled
In the letter – being auctioned at Christie’s in New
York on Tuesday – Einstein, a Jew, also articulates
his disenchantment with Judaism.
“ For me the Jewish religion
like all others is an
incarnation of the most
And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong
and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity
have no different quality for me than all other
people,” he wrote.
这句话被誉为证明这位 20 世纪最受尊敬的思想家之一的物理
“The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and
product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of
honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless
pretty childish.” You can understand why Richard Dawkins was
purportedly interested in buying it the last time it came up for
auction. It’s a New Atheist fantasy.
In reality, this letter tells us little we didn’t know. Einstein
jettisoned biblical beliefs in his teens. He never attended religious
services or prayed. He disliked mysticism. He could not conceive
of a God who punished and rewarded people (partly because he
was a thoroughgoing determinist). He repeatedly distanced
himself from the idea of a personal God. He refused a tradition
Jewish burial. All in all, not very religious.