|Albert Einstein. Typed Letter Signed, to True Walter Blake, Princeton, N.J., May 18, 1954. 1 p.On stationery embossed with Einstein’s address.|
“It is incomprehensible to me that you connect the lawfulness of the inner structure of the physical world with ‘God’s love.’ Articles of this kind are liable to create confusion in the minds of naïve readers.”
|Location of Origin: North America|
|Primary Classification: Antique Books, Manuscripts, and Maps : Historical Documents, Letters & Autographs|
|Secondary Classification: Fossils, Science, Natural History, and Rocks for Sale|
|Historical Background:Einstein responds with a wickedly amusing short letter to yet another article claiming that the physical laws of the universe are evidence of a personal God.|
People from all walks of life wrote to the world-renowned physicist to share their views on the existence, or non-existence, of a supreme being. Einstein’s impatience with those who would simplify the complexity of the universe was directed equally at believers and non-believers. The great physicist once characterized himself as a “deeply religious non-believer.” He adhered to the teachings of 17th-century philosopher Spinoza, seeing the holy in the innate order and harmony of the universe. True religiosity, Einstein said, could lie only in “a knowledge of something we cannot penetrate.”
Einstein’s letters about God and religion have become highly sought after.
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