Einstein-inscribed Bible Unsold at Auction
By Mei Manuel, December 04, 2018 19:12 PM
On Friday, a Bible inscribed by renowned genius and physicist Albert Einstein, estimated to be worth up to $300,000, was not purchased during Sotheby's auction on Friday.
The Bible was given by Einstein to an employee in 1932 and it included a hand-written note which says: "This book is an inexhaustible source of living wisdom and consolation."
While the Bible was not sold on Friday, another letter written by Einstein is scheduled to be sold at another auction at Christie's on Tuesday and it talks about the physicist's thoughts about God and the authority of the Bible.
The letter, written in 1954, showed his doubts about God and writes "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."
Einstein is a Jew; but, his views on God and religion remains a major point of debate.
In one letter he wrote in 1936, he said he was open to the possibility that there is a higher power and said that 'everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man.'
In another letter in 1950, he described himself as an agnostic. He also wrote: 'I am convinced that vivid consciousness of the primary importance of moral principles for the betterment and ennoblement of life does not need the idea of a law-giver, especially a law-giver who works on the basis of reward and punishment.'
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