Agence France-Presse
Tue, 13 May 2008 10:09 UTC


Comment: References to the letter Einstein wrote in regards to religion and the Jewish people, though published in the mainstream media during May of last year, appear more pertinent now than ever before, in view of Israel’s crimes committed in Gaza.

Albert Einstein described belief in God as “childish superstition” and said Jews were not the chosen people, in a letter to be sold in London this week, an auctioneer said Tuesday.

The father of relativity, whose previously known views on religion have been more ambivalent and fuelled much discussion, made the comments in response to a philosopher in 1954.

As a Jew himself, Einstein said he had a great affinity with Jewish people but said they “have no different quality for me than all other people”.