Ellen White Describes her Usage of Sources

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Amen Rob! rb



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From: rob sterbenc

To: AdventistHotIssues@yahoogroups.com

Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2009 12:38 PM

Subject: [AdventistHotIssues] Ellen White's important note


Dear Forum,


In this brief but informative passage by Ellen White, she describes her usage of her sources in such a way that she herself can answer her present-day critics charging her with plagiarism.  I caught a glimpse of the book byH.L. Hastings titled The Great Controversy between God and man from that anti-sda video by ''Spiritually Smart''.


After doing some research into this matter,  I found the following explanation I had highlighted years ago.


This is quoted from Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, 1888 version, vol. 5 of the Conflict of the Ages series (hard cover):

page xii:



''In some cases where a historian has so grouped together events as to afford, in brief, a comprehensive view of the subject, or has summarized details in a convenient manner, his words have been quoted; but in some instances no specific credit has been given, since the quotations are not given for the purpose of citing that writer as authority, but because his statement affords a ready and forcible presentation of the subject.  In narrating the experience and views of those carrying forward the work of reform in our own time, similar use has been made fo their published works.''


What is wrong with that?