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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 (1858), The Desire of Ages (1898), and Steps to Christ (1892), circulate widely, and the distribution of them is a core outreach of Adventism, thus they can often be had for free. The Great Controversy offers 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.
One can view White as the mother of Young Earth creationism (YEC), not that many people noticed while she was alive. White proclaimed that YHWH constructed the Earth 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 (1902), The Fundamentals of Geology (1913) and The New Geology (1923).
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.