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Paradise found, a study of the primitive world (1885) by William Fairfield Warren

Paradise found, the cradle of the human race at the North Pole: a study of the primitive world (1885) by William Fairfield Warren

Paradise found, a study of the primitive world


Excerpt from the book introduction:

This book is not the work of a dreamer. Neither has it proceeded from a love of learned paradox. Nor yet is it a cunningly devised fable aimed at particular tendencies in current science, philosophy, or religion. It is a thoroughly serious and sincere attempt to present what is to the author s mind the true and final solution of one of the greatest and most fascinating of all problems connected with the history of mankind. 

That this true solution has not been furnished before is not strange. The suggestion that primitive Eden was at the Arctic Pole seems, at first sight, the most incredible of all wild and willful paradoxes. And it is only within the lifetime of our own generation that the progress of geological discovery has relieved the hypothesis of fatal antecedent improbability. Moreover, when one considers the enormous variety and breadth of the fields from which its pieces of evidence of truth must be derived; when one remembers how recent are those comparative sciences on whose results the argument must chiefly depend; when one observes that many of the most striking of our alleged proofs, both in the physical and in the anthropological domain, are precisely the latest of the conclusions of these most modern of all sciences, it is easy to see that a generation ago the demonstration here attempted could not have been given. 

Even five years ago some of the most interesting and cogent of our arguments would as yet have been lacking. The interest which has so long invested our problem, and which has prompted so many attempts to solve it, was never greater than today. 

The lapse of centuries has rendered many another question antiquated, but not this. On the contrary, the more the modern world has advanced in new knowledge, the more exigent has grown the necessity of finding a valid solution. Men are feel ing as never before that until the starting-point of human history can be determined, the historian, the archaeologist, and the paleontological anthropologist are all working in the dark. It is seen that without this desideratum the ethnologist, the philologist, the mythographer, the theologian, the sociologist can none of them construct anything not liable to profound modification, if not to utter overthrow, the moment any new light shall be thrown upon the mother-region and the prehistoric movements of the human race. Every anthropological science, therefore, and every science-related to anthropology, seems at the present moment to be standing in a state of jubilant expectancy, willing to work a little tentatively, but conscious of its destitution of the needful primal datum, and conscious of its consequent lack of a valid structural law. To the believer in Revelation, or even in the most ancient and venerable Ethnic Traditions, the volume here presented will be found to possess uncommon interest. For many years the public mind has been schooled in a narrow naturalism, which has in its world-view as little room for the extraordinary as it has for the supernatural. 

Decade after a decade the representatives of this teaching have been measuring the natural phenomena of every age and of every place by the petty measuring rod of their own local and temporary experience. So long and so successfully have they dogmatized on the constancy of Nature's laws and the uniformity of Nature s forces that of late it has required no small degree of courage to enable an intelligent man to stand up in the face of his generation and avow his personal faith in the early existence of men of gigantic stature and of almost millenarian longevity. 

Especially have clergymen and Christian teachers and writers upon Biblical history been embarrassed by the popular incredulity on these subjects, and not infrequently by a consciousness that this incredulity was in some measure shared by themselves. 

To all such, and indeed to all the broader minded among the naturalists themselves, a new philosophy of primaeval history - a philosophy which for all the alleged extraordinary. effects provide the adequate extraordinary causes cannot fail to prove most welcome. The execution of the plan of the book is by no means all that the author could desire. 

To the elaboration of so vast an argument, the materials for which must be gleaned from every possible field of knowledge, the broadest and profound scholar might well devote the undistracted labour of a lifetime. To the writer, loaded with the cares of a laborious executive office, there were lacking both the leisure and the equipment otherwise attainable for so high a task. 

The best he could do was to turn one or two summer vacations into work-time and give the result to the world. Of the correctness of his position he has no doubt, and of the preparedness of the scientific world to accept it he is also confident.

Some contents of the book:


Part first. 

The location of Eden: state of the question. 

Chapter I. 
The results of explorers, historic and legendary. 

Columbus approaching the gate. .. . 3 

The report of sir john de Mandeville . . 7 

Adventures of prince Mirek io 

The voyages of st. Brandan and of oger 12 

The success of the author of the book of Enoch. , -- 4 . . 20 

An equestrian s anticipations 21 

David Livingstone a searcher for Eden 22 

Unanimous verdict: non-est inventus 22 

Chapter ii. 

The results of theologians. 

Ideas of the church fathers . . . . .23 

Opinions of Luther and of Calvin 25 

Contemporary opinion entirely conflicting . . . . .25 
The inconclusive character of the biblical data .... 26 

The garden " eastward" 27 

The " Euphrates " 28 

The problem " unsolved if not insoluble " 32 



Xiv table of contents. 

Chapter  

The results of non-theological scholars: naturalists, Geologists, etc. 

The unity of the human species 33 

But one " mother-region " 33 

Its location ten different answers . . . ... .35 

Views of darwin, Hackel, Peschel, etc. . . . I . -35 

Views of quatrefages, obry, etc. . , . . . .36 

Locations of lost Atlantis 38 

Theory of friedrich delitzsch 39 

Theory of e. Beauvois 41 

Theory of Gerald Massey 42 

The utopians 43 

The despair of a solution .43 


    
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