May 22, 2008
One of the world’s most famous atheists, Albert Einstein, has risen from the grave – sort of – to testify to his unbelief. A letter Einstein wrote to a German philosopher in 1954 has sold at auction for $404,000.
In it, Einstein described the Bible as “pretty childish” and scoffed at the notion that Jews could be a chosen people.
In his biographical notes, Einstein said he lost his religion at age 12. I would add that you can’t lose what you never possessed. Although he consistently characterized the idea of a personal God who answers prayers as naïve and life after death as wishful thinking, Einstein resented being held up as some embodiment of atheism, which he associated with the same intolerance as religious fanatics.
Einstein was said to be one of the most brilliant men who ever lived. But Scripture teaches that God is far wiser than the wisest man. And one never comes to Him based on intelligence. Quite the opposite.
One thing is certain. Einstein died an unbeliever. He’s a believer now, but it’s too late for him.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.