Einstein’s thoughts on God in his later years. How unfortunate to be so absorbed in examining the oils in the fingerprints on the wall that you forget it was a hand that made the prints in the first place.

CNN Belief Blog

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

Decades before atheist scientist and author Richard Dawkins called God a “delusion,” one world-renowned physicist — Albert Einstein — was weighing in on faith matters with his own strong words.

“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 wrote in German in a 1954 letter that will be auctioned on eBay later this month. “No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.”

Dubbed Einstein’s “God Letter” by the Los Angeles-based auction agency that’s posting it online,  the original document will be up for grabs starting Monday. The opening bid: $3 million.

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