German Ruler Asserts Bible’s Infallibility
On This Day in 1903, Germany’s ruler, Kaiser Wilhelm, wrote a public letter to an obscure archaeologist, Friedrich Delitzsch. What had he done to deserve such treatment public humiliation? He had dared to insinuate, in a grand Berlin lecture hall, that the Bible was not the Word of God, but a literary document which could be examined scientifically, and which borrowed a whole lot from the ancient Babylonians of Mesopotamia. That meant the Garden of Eden was in some desert backwater, with date palms instead of apple trees, and who wanted that?