Ellen G. White: Fraud and Collusion or Modern Prophet?
Ellen G. White was born in 1827 in Maine. During her 88 years on earth, she lived through a transformative time for the United States. Mrs. White was
instrumental in the forming of the Sabbatarian Adventist movement that was a precursor to the Seventh Day Adventist church.
Critics of the Seventh Day Adventists and Mrs. White have two often repeated complaints.
1) Mrs. White was a plagiarist.
2) Mrs. White made prophecies that have been proven to not come true, revealing her to be a false prophet.
A number of the prophecies of Ellen White were of events that should have occurred during or immediately after her lifetime. If this is accurate and
those prophecies were not fulfilled why was she not called out by the leaders of this nascent organization? Were they complicit in an attempt to
either change the perception of the prophecy so that the failure would not be obvious or did they attempt to suppress any dissent (hence; a
Mrs. White was a prolific writer, which may explain in part the claims of plagiarism. At the rate that she wrote, it was inevitable that parallels
would be found in the works of others. Some critics believe that she engaged in literary theft and there was a lot more to the case than mere parallel
concepts. Mrs. White didn’t write or publish in a vacuum. Why wasn’t this a concern at the time? Why wasn’t she called to task for this? Are we
seeing another conspiracy?
Although this is ripe for a number of discussions, the one that intrigues me the most is 'are there contemporaneous attempts to decry her prophecies
or her writing?' If there aren't and she was indeed making false prophecies and engaging in plagiarism, who was facilitating her deception?
Here is a site with a list of prophecies credited to Ellen White that the site’s author claims were false:
Here is a site discussing the alleged plagiarism of Ellen White:
Here is a site that offers a fairly detailed defense of Ellen White:
I’m not very comfortable with these sites, as they are clearly either pro or con. I would prefer to use more scholarly, neutral sites and will try
to dig some up. If I do, I’ll post them.
I would like to note that I am by no means an expert (or even reasonably knowledgeable) about Ellen White. I’m not claiming anything other than
curiosity. This thread was created in response to the thread drift in another thread that delved into a discussion of the observance of a Saturday
Your thoughts would be appreciated.