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".
"The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.
Of course only a real genius with a vice-like grip on humanistic tendencies would've also been able to predict that a post 1948 world might involve the technological malevolencies spawned by his genius ("E=Mc2, oh and perhaps we should keep the nukes out of the hands of the Arabs.")
But who are we, with our little proletarian brains, to quibble with genius?