EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Typed letter signed ("A. Einstein") to True Walter Blake, Princeton, N.J., 18 May 1954. 1 page, 4to, stationery embossed with Einstein's Princeton address (112 Mercer Street). In very fine condition.
CORRECTING A MISGUIDED CONCEPTION OF 'GOD'S LOVE'. Less than a year before his death, Einstein curtly comments, with evident exasperation, on yet another article attempting to reconcile the concept of an anthropomorphic personal God with the physical laws of the universe as understood by modern science. Einstein writes: "It is incomprehensible to me that you connect the lawfulness of the inner structure of the physical world with 'God's love.' Articles of this kind are likely to create confusion in the minds of naive readers. Sincerely yours..."
Einstein, who once described himself as "a deeply religious non-believer" received, late in life, many letters from ordinary persons concerned about personal religious issues, and especially, the existence or non-existence of a personal God. A few weeks before, Einstein had written to one such correspondent, stating that "I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it" (Albert Einstein: The Human Side, ed. H.Dukas and B.Hoffman, 1979, p.43). In an interview, he expressed similar sentiments: "I cannot prove to you that there is no personal God, but if I were to speak of Him I would be a liar" (quoted by R. Clarke, Einstein: His Life and Times, p.754).