Ellen G. White
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Ellen G. White (1827-1915) co-founded Seventh-day Adventism (SDA). Some followers of her writings consider her a prophet. Her best known books, The Great Controversy, The Desire of Ages, and Steps to Christ, are in wide circulation and the distribution of them is a core outreach of Adventism, thus they can often be had for free. The Great Controversy is a Restorationist narrative of the apostasy and later restoration of the Christian church, the key issue for White being the abandonment and later restoration of Saturday (or Sabbath-day) worship. The Desire of Ages is a long book on the person and life of Jesus, while Steps to Christ is a shorter evangelistic book. White also wrote on health matters and espoused vegetarianism, teetotalism, and exiting the cities to move to rural areas and become self-sufficient, both for health reasons and because of her belief in the coming end times, perhaps within her lifetime. This latter belief is a sort of forerunner to more recent survivalist practices of some Christians who believe the end times are imminent. Those who consider her a prophet take her visions of the end times seriously, including a vision of hers cited by believers as purportedly predicting 9/11.
White can be viewed as the mother of Young Earth creationism (YEC), not that many people noticed while she was alive. White proclaimed that the Earth was created in 6 literal days, and furthermore that The Flood rearranged the geological record, key elements of YEC. A fellow-SDA member, George McCready Price published thee books that helped popularize White's pronouncements, Outlines of Modern Christianity and Modern Science, The Fundamentals of Geology and The New Geology.
Besides her hang-up on a particular day of the week (despite the fact that modern western calendars are essentially arbitrary remnants of historical date-keeping systems that required adjustments of many DAYS [will the REAL Saturday please step forward?] - not to mention the conventions of the International Date Line), Ellen White also had a fascination with the subject of masturbation and with its "effects" on the body. In short, according to Prophet White, spanking the monkey (or fooling the one-eyed cat) can kill you. Seriously.
- See, for example, Country Living, a booklet compiling her writings on this subject
- Righting America at the Creation Museum by Susan L. Trollinger & William Vance Trollinger Jr. (2016) Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 1421419513.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_G._White#Views_on_masturbation Ellen G. White (1870). Solemn Appeal, A. The Seventh-day Adventist Publishing Association.