Einstein's secret 1950 letter on biblical story hits auction

This incredibly rare letter, valued at $125,000, emerges for the first time, captivating history enthusiasts and collectors alike.
Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji Bello
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Step back in time to the year 1950, when the iconic physicist Albert Einstein took pen to paper and penned a thought-provoking letter that would challenge centuries-old religious beliefs. Fast forward to today, this historical artifact, an extremely rare letter by Einstein, is making headlines as it goes up for auction for the very first time, offering an exclusive glimpse into the mind of the father of modern physics.

The letter, written on April 11, 1950, was addressed to Mrs. Martha Munk, the wife of a well-known rabbi and religious studies teacher, who sought Einstein's wisdom on behalf of a group of Jewish students in America. In her inquiry, she pondered whether it was possible for a modern scientist to reconcile the idea of God's creation of the universe with scientific knowledge.

Einstein's response was nothing short of revolutionary. In his elegant German prose, he laid bare his perspective, indicating that a scientist, shaped by the principles of scientific thinking, would find it challenging to embrace the religious creation account found in the book of Genesis.

According to him, science "replaces and supersedes" such religious notions, suggesting that the Torah's creation story should be interpreted symbolically or metaphorically.

"The person who is more or less trained in scientific thinking is alien to the religious creation (in the original sense) of the cosmos because he applies the standard of causal conditionality to everything," Einstein expressed in his letter.

We cannot ignore the historical context in which this letter was written. Einstein had become a US citizen a decade prior, having fled Germany in 1933 amid the oppressive persecution of the Jews by Adolf Hitler's Nazi party. Written from Brooklyn, New York, this letter holds even greater significance as it reflects the thoughts of a brilliant mind seeking to reconcile scientific knowledge with deeply ingrained religious beliefs.

The bidding war for a piece of history.

The letter's journey to the public eye is equally fascinating. Acquired from descendants of Mrs. Munk, it has remained hidden from the world, never before sold publicly, until now. Valued at an astounding $125,000, the letter will soon be offered to the highest bidder by the esteemed US autograph dealer The Raab Collection.

Nathan Raab, president of The Raab Collection and an avid historian, couldn't contain his excitement as he reflected on this momentous find. "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," Raab said.

This isn't the first time Einstein's personal letters have garnered massive attention. In 2018, the famous "God Letter," written in 1954 to philosopher Eric Gutkind, fetched a staggering $3 million at auction. Clearly, Einstein's insights on religion, God, and the universe continue to captivate the world even long after his passing.

As the bidding war for this unique piece of history ensues, scholars, scientists, and history enthusiasts alike eagerly await the chance to own a tangible relic that carries the profound thoughts of one of the greatest minds of the 20th century. With its potential to reshape perspectives on science and religion, this letter is not just an artifact but a testament to the eternal quest for knowledge and truth.

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