Other Instances of Plagiarism

Instances of Ellen White’s plagiarism that I have come across, other than John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

There are several instances of plagiarism by Ellen White, however, you can easily find these instances by searching the internet. These are a few of the instances that have captured my attention.

John Harris

Ellen G White: “I testify to my brethren and sisters that the church of Christ, enfeebled and defective as it may be, it is the only object on the earth on which he bestows his supreme regard” (TM, p.15.1892).

The above quote was copied from John Harris’ The Great Teacher (1837, p.225). “But the church of Christ, enfeebled and defective as it may be, is the only object on Earth on which He bestows his supreme regard.”

Rev J C Newman

Ellen White (Education, 1882, p.57), “the greatest want of the world is the want of men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.”Original statement: Rev. J. C. Newman (Southern Home Journal, 1869), “the great want of this age is men. Men who are not for sale. Men, who are honest, sound from centre to circumference, true to the heart’s core. Men who will condemn wrong in friend or foe, in themselves as well as others. Men whose consciences are steady as the needle to the pole. Men who will stand for the right even if heavens rotter and the earth reels.”

Rev John Cumming

Ellen White: “In Christ is life, original, unborrowed, underived” (DA, p. 530, 1898).

But the original source of this quote was, Rev. John Cumming’s, the ‘Sabbath Evening readings’(1856) where he says, “In Him was life, - that is original, unborrowed, underived.” Perhaps, Cumming was the inspired source for Ellen?

Justification of her literary borrowing:

“While Ellen White borrowed this particular wording from Cumming, she used it in a different context (but with the same concept) than he did” (John 11:25-26) “As such, in borrowing this from Cumming, Ellen G White was not mindlessly copying him. She was fully engaged in the process and adapted Cumming’s words to fit her own thought regarding the full deity and eternity of Jesus Christ” (Ellen White and Arianism/Ellen white Answers).

“In 1933, W. C. White and Doris Robinson representing the Ellen G White wrote how Mrs White had been counselled by the Lord to seek out books that would provide, ‘gems of truth tersely expressed.’ Further she had divine assurance that she would be guided in distinguishing truth from false” (Brief Statements Regarding the writings of Ellen G White, August 1933, pp. 5, 10, 11).