Happy Birthday, William F. Warren!

The first President of Boston University would be 178 years old today, March 13th. Apparently a much-loved lecturer in theology and respected administrator, he also spent twenty years trying to convince the world that the Garden of Eden—the origin of human life—was at the North Pole. Yeah. He wrote a hugely complicated book about it.  To be fair, nobody had actually been to the actual North Pole yet. And Warren wasn’t arguing that his tropical paradise, with giant sequoias, mammoths, northern lights, and “hyperborean Eocene man”—Adam and Eve—was still there.  It had obviously been destroyed and frozen over after the great flood. But still.

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