Online Library of the American Revolution. Criticism of Ellen G. White. This article is about the criticism of a founding religious figure. For the main article, see Ellen G. White. A number of critics have voiced doubts as to the reliability of Ellen G. White as a true prophet and the authenticity of her visions, a few of which are summarized here. CriticismeditMental illnesseditAt the age of nine, Ellen was struck with a rock thrown by a fellow student. The injury severely disfigured her nose, and left her in a coma for three weeks. Some neurologists have commented that this may have caused partial complex seizures and hallucinations which led her to believe that she had visions of God. Ellen White was posthumously diagnosed as having symptoms of temporal lobe epilepsy by the pediatrician Delbert H. Hodder in 1. 98. 1 and again in 1. Ellen Gould White ne Ellen Gould Harmon November 26, 1827 July 16, 1915 was a prolific author and an American Christian pioneer. Along with other Sabbatarian. Molleurus Couperus, a retired dermatologist. Dudley M. Canright, a one time Seventh day Adventist minister who later left the church, claimed that she had a complication of hysteria, epilepsy, catalepsy, and ecstasy and stated that her visions were merely the result of her early misfortune. The symptoms experienced by patients who are recovering from a severe head injury include headaches, dizziness, depression, slowness in thinking, and impairment of concentration and memory. These symptoms are noted in Ellen Whites writings following the head injury, she states that it was almost impossible for me to study, and retain what I had learned. When she did attend school her hand trembled so much that she could make no progress in her writing and when studying she says the letters of my book would run together, large drops of perspiration would stand upon my brow, and I would become dizzy and faint. Her teacher advised her to leave school until her health improved, which she did. Three years later, when she was twelve, she attempted to go to school again but her health failed once more and she was forced to leave school permanently. Her physical experiences during the visions revolved around, becoming unconscious, losing control of her arms and legs, shallow breathing and visual phenomena all of which are symptoms of an epileptic fit such as automatic movements of the hands or mouth, altered ability to respond to others, unusual speech, or unusual behaviors all of which were experienced during these visions. Moreover, following each of these seizures, there is some period of recovery in which neurological function is altered. This is called the postictal state. These states were independently witnessed by Ellen G. Ellen G. White Writings Comprehensive Research Edition 2008' title='Ellen G. White Writings Comprehensive Research Edition 2008' />Whites followers,7When she came out of vision, all was total darkness whether in the day time or a well lighted room at night. She would exclaim with a long drawn sigh, as she took her first natural breath, D a r k. She was then limp and strengthless. Another symptom of temporal lobe epilepsy, as noted by Sachdev and Waxman in 1. This is seen continuously throughout Ellen Whites life noted in her writings I felt that I should have rest, but could see no opportunity for relief. I was speaking to the people several times a week, and writing many pages of personal testimonies. The blood rushed to my brain, frequently causing me to reel and nearly fall. I had the nosebleed often, especially after making an effort to write. Shadow Man 2 Pc Free Download. Links to online books and articles relating to the American Revolution 17751783 generally and to the Southern Campaign specifically. 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I was compelled to lay aside my writing, but could not throw off the burden of anxiety and responsibility upon me. I then wrote out a portion of that which was shown me in regard to the Institute, but could not get out the entire subject because of pressure of blood to the brain. I supposed that after resting a few days I could again resume my writing. But to my great grief I found that the condition of my brain made it impossible for me to write. The idea of writing testimonies, either general or personal, was given up, and I was in continual distress because I could not write them. Testimonies, vol. Remaining congruent with modern medical symptomatology and following examination from the perspective of current clinical knowledge it remains plausible that the visionary experiences of Ellen G. White and her behavioral characteristics may have been influenced from an underlying neurological disorder. PlagiarismeditSome critics have accused Ellen White of plagiarism. One such was Walter T. Rea, who argued against the original nature of her supposed revelations in his book The White Lie. Another critic is Ronald Numbers Ellen White Prophetess of Health originally published in 1. In this text Numbers argues that her understanding of health reform was simply plagiarized from other health reformers and therefore did not come from divine revelation. Denial of the TrinityeditEarly Seventh day Adventists came from a wide assortment of nineteenth century American Protestant churches. As typical among early Adventists, two of the churchs principal founders, James White and Joseph Bates, had a background in the Restorationist. Christian Connection church, which rejected the Trinitarian nature of God. However, some contend that the teachings and writings of Ellen White, ultimately proved influential in shifting the church from largely Semi Arian1. Trinitarianism. 1. Some critics have claimed that in some of her early writings Ellen White did not teach the Trinity but Semi Arianism, the view that Jesus is a lesser being than God the Father. Seventh day Adventists credit her with bringing the Seventh day Adventist church into an awareness of the Trinity. Some critics have characterized her descriptions of the Godhead as Tritheistic. Other critics contend that early Adventism was materialist in theology, and that Ellen White represented the same viewpoint. Writings on masturbationeditMany critics cite Ellen Whites views on masturbation, which she called self indulgence or a solitary vice, to claim she is a false prophet. In her book A Solemn Appeal she writes If the practice self indulgence is continued from the age of fifteen and upward, nature will protest against the abuse she has suffered, and continues to suffer, and will make them pay the penalty for the transgression of her laws, especially from the ages of thirty to forty five, by numerous pains in the system, and various diseases, such as affection of the liver and lungs, neuralgia, rheumatism, affection of the spine, diseased kidneys, and cancerous humors. Some of natures fine machinery gives way, leaving a heavier task for the remaining to perform, which disorders natures fine arrangement, and there is often a sudden breaking down of the constitution and death is the result. Females possess less vital force than the other sex, and are deprived very much of the bracing, invigorating air, by their in door life. The result of self abuse in them is seen in various diseases, such as catarrh, dropsy, headache, loss of memory and sight, great weakness in the back and loins, affections of the spine, and frequently, inward decay of the head. Cancerous humor, which would lie dormant in the system their lifetime, is inflamed, and commences its eating, destructive work. The mind is often utterly ruined, and insanity supervenes. Criticswho cite a modern study which seems to show that having frequent orgasms can help protect men against heart disease. Thomas Szasz states the shift in scientific consensus2. Masturbation the primary sexual activity of mankind.
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