Albert Einstein's "God Letter" Taken in Context


The famous “God Letter” from Albert Einstein to the Jewish philosopher and author Erik Gutkind in which Einstein equates the word “God” with “human weakness” needs to be taken in context. Many people attempt to make it mean Einstein did not believe in God and was an Atheist. This is an incorrect assumption.


Einstein wrote the letter to Gutkind in regards to Gutkind's book, Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt (PDF). It is important to keep this fact in mind when reading Einstein's “God Letter” as it makes very clear that Einstein was addressing the Bible god and not Nature's God when he wrote, “The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weakness, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still purely primitive, legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.”


Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt is a book which promotes Israel and Jews above all of humanity, much as the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament does. Gutkind ignores the unreasonable (and, therefore, ungodly) claims in the Bible and in vain attempts to show that Judaism and the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament are in agreement with science. He then contradicts realities of science when he claims that Abraham removed himself and the Jews/Hebrews from natural causation. He wrote on page 51 that because Abraham was willing to kill his only son as the Bible god ordered him to do that Abraham was now “freed from natural causation” and “had detached himself and with him the Founded People from 'normalcy.' He had accepted the paradox. He had become the creator of faith.” This type of religious nonsense Albert Einstein strongly and openly rejected throughout his life. In fact, Einstein wrote, "The scientist is possessed by the se