Rare Einstein letter rebutting biblical creation story for sale

by | Jul 19, 2023 | Religion

(RNS) — For the first time, a letter written by Albert Einstein on the creation of the universe is for sale publicly at the Raab Collection in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.The letter, written on April 11, 1950, to a group of Jewish students in America, is valued at $125,000. In it, Einstein opines that a scientist cannot believe in the Torah’s creation story of Genesis, arguing science “replaces and supersedes” such religious concepts.
“The feeling that I get when I see something like this, which is so personally and so scientifically evocative of the great 20th century debate, from the pen of Albert Einstein, is just pure excitement,” said Nathan Raab, president of the Raab Collection and author of “The Hunt for History.”
According to the Raab Collection website, although other letters exist describing Einstein’s views on God and Judaism, the famous physicist was rarely asked about his personal religious beliefs from someone of such a prominent religious position, especially by a family who would have been familiar to him.
Einstein wrote the letter in response to one sent by Martha Munk, the wife of well-known German Rabbi Michael L. Munk, who was one of the leading voices in the Orthodox Jewish world at the time. The Munks fled persecutio …

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