Ellen G. White and Her Critics

Part I: Non-Seventh-day Adventist Works

Books, Pamphlets, Tracts

Bloomer, D. C. Life and Writings of Amelia Bloomer. Boston: Arena Publishing Company, 1895. 387 pp. EGWC 679.10

The author was the husband of Amelia Bloomer. He presents the story of her activities in behalf of women’s rights, including a reform dress, and quotes extensively from her writings. EGWC 679.11

Canright, D. M. The Bible From Heaven: A Summary of Plain Arguments for the Bible and Christianity. Battle Creek: Seventh-day Adventist Publishing Association, 1878. 304 pp. EGWC 679.12

An apologetic for the divine origin of the Scriptures. The author was a Seventh-day Adventist in 1878. This work is interesting primarily because it reveals an extreme case of nineteenth-century borrowing from earlier works without acknowledgment, taking extended portions, often without change of a word, from a book by a similar title written by Moses Hull in 1863. EGWC 679.13

------. Seventh-day Adventism Renounced. New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1889. 413 pp. EGWC 680.1

According to the author, a complete refutation of Seventh-day Adventist teachings. Chapter 2, “An Experience of Twenty-Eight Years in Adventism,” is a brief autobiographical sketch. Only one chapter, “Mrs. White and Her Revelations,” pages 129-165, is devoted to a discussion of Mrs. White. An edition before us carries a “Preface to Fourteenth Edition,” dated 1914; however, in a preliminary chapter, “My Present Standing,” the author gives “1915” as date of writing that chapter. In the preface he notes the fact that since he wrote his book in 1889, which gave the then-current paging of Adventist works quoted, such works have, in many instances, been reprinted and repaged. He explains that he has not revised the page references because his book is in plates. Thus the various “editions” through the years should more properly be described as “printings.” However, a comparison of editions reveals that a few changes have been made, chiefly in the preface and introductory matter. EGWC 680.2

------. Life of Mrs. E. G. White. Cincinnati: The Standard Publishing Company, 1919. 291 pp. EGWC 680.3

The scope of the book is summarized in the subtitle: “Her False Claims Refuted.” Her life and teachings are considered at length. This most complete of all works against Mrs. White sets out in formal fashion to examine the whole sweep of her teachings. It owes much of its plausibility to the fact that the author can repeatedly remind the reader that he was for years an Adventist minister, a friend of Mrs. White’s. Added plausibility resides in the facts that he frequently quotes, though with studied brevity, from Adventist works—and that most of his readers never have opportunity, or inclination, to examine the quotations in the original context. EGWC 680.4

The Chronicles of America Series. Allen Johnson, editor. New Haven: Yale University Press; London: H. Milford, Oxford University Press [etc., etc.], 1918-21. 50 vols. EGWC 680.5

Brief surveys, by various authors, of important phases of American history. EGWC 680.6

Clarke, Adam. The Holy Bible, ... With a Commentary and Critical Notes. New York: Lane & Scott, for the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1850-51. 6 vols. EGWC 680.7

This is the well-known work that generally is known simply as Clarke’s Commentary. EGWC 680.8

Cobbin, Ingram. The Condensed Commentary and Family Exposition of the Holy Bible.London: William Tegg, 1863. 1396 pp. EGWC 680.9

The text of the Authorized Version with commentary and marginal notes in one volume. EGWC 680.10

Conybeare, William J., and Howson, John S. The Life and Epistles of St. Paul. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1851-52. 2 vols. EGWC 680.11

Written “to give a living picture of St. Paul himself, and of the circumstances by which he was surrounded”—social, religious, political, geographical. It contains the complete Epistles in modern English. Conybeare did all the translating, including any speeches of Paul in the narrative, and wrote nine of the chapters (see enumeration in the introduction). EGWC 680.12

There was a revised and corrected edition in 1856; a third, the “People’s Edition,” was edited by Howson, after Conybeare’s death, with notes abridged and foreign references translated. EGWC 680.13

In America the work was published by Scribner’s in 1854 and repeatedly thereafter from the same plates, apparently, in numerous printings numbered as “editions.” In 1869 a number of American publishers began to issue one-volume reprints of the “People’s Edition” for sale by canvassers, several houses using the same plates. The book was later reprinted by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., in a smaller volume without footnotes, under the title The Life and Epistles of the Apostle Paul, printings undated. EGWC 680.14

Corpus Juris Secundum. Edited by William Mack and others. Brooklyn, N.Y.: The American Law Book Co., 1936. In progress. EGWC 681.1

The nature and scope of the work is indicated in the subtitle: as “a complete restatement of the entire American law as developed by all reported cases.” The latest volume (1950) is 67, “Numbers” through “Parties.” It is an authoritative legal reference work. EGWC 681.2

Dunning, William Archibald. Reconstruction, Political and Economic, 1865-1877. (The American Nation: A History, Albert Bushnell Hart, editor, vol. 22.) New York: Harper & Brothers, 1933. 378 pp. EGWC 681.3

As is evident from the full title, this work, which is one volume of an extended series, deals with the years immediately following the Civil War in the United States. EGWC 681.4

Edwards, William A. Plagiarism; An Essay on Good and Bad Borrowing. Cambridge [Eng.]: Gordon Fraser, The Minority Press, 1933. 120 pp. EGWC 681.5

The Le Bas prize essay for 1932. A study of various kinds and examples of artistic borrowing. EGWC 681.6

Farrar, F. W. The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews, With Notes and Introduction. Cambridge: At the University Press, 1896. 196 pp. (In The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges, old edition, edited by J. J. S. Perowne.) EGWC 681.7

This comprises the text and commentary. EGWC 681.8

------. The Life and Work of St. Paul. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1879. 2 vols. EGWC 681.9

A study of Paul’s life and writings, with chief emphasis on his teachings, and on the occasion and the theology of his epistles. EGWC 681.10

Fleming, Walter Lynwood. The Sequel of Appomattox. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1919. 322 pp. (In The Chronicles of America Series, Allen Johnson, editor.) EGWC 681.11

The subtitle reads: “A Chronicle of the Reunion of the States.” A brief, readable description of conditions in the South in the years immediately following the Civil War. EGWC 681.12

Hammerton, Sir John, and Barnes, Harry Elmer, editors. The Illustrated World History. New York: Wm. H. Wise & Co., 1935. 1144 pp. EGWC 681.13

A history of the world from the earliest dawn to the days of the great depression and the rise of dictatorships following World War I. EGWC 681.14

Harman, Ellen Beard. Dress Reform: Its Physiological and Moral Bearings. New York: Davies & Kent, Printers, 1862. 33 pp. EGWC 681.15

“A Lecture Delivered at the Hall of the Young Men’s Christian Association, Washington City, February 10, 1862,” vigorously scoring current women’s fashions. EGWC 681.16

Jackson, James C. “Flesh as Food for Man,” How to Live, No. 1, pp. 18-31. EGWC 681.17

An extract from a tract by the same title, reprinted in How to Live, which see. EGWC 681.18

------. How to Treat the Sick Without Medicine. Dansville, N.Y.: Austin, Jackson & Co., 1868. 537 pp. EGWC 681.19

Title page states that he is “Physician-in-Chief of Our Home on the Hill-Side,” Dansville, Livingston Co., N.Y. In the mid-nineteenth century his book was prominent among writings that promoted drugless therapeutic procedures. EGWC 681.20

Jamieson, Robert, Fausset, A. R., and Brown, David. A Commentary, Critical and Explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments. Hartford: The S. S. Scranton Company. 2 vols. EGWC 681.21

This American edition of the English work carries no date of publication. EGWC 681.22

Kenyon, Sir Frederic. Our Bible and the Ancient Manuscripts. 4th ed. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1940. 266 pp. EGWC 681.23

A discussion, for the non-specialist reader, of the ancient backgrounds, texts, and versions of the Bible, and of the various forms of the English Bible, in a modern edition revised by its author. EGWC 682.1

Lange, John Peter, editor. A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. New York: Charles Scribner & Co., 1868-79. 24 vols. EGWC 682.2

The general title page states: Translated from the German, and edited, with additions, by Philip Schaff and others. The portion on Timothy is by J. J. van Oosterzee, translated, with additions, by E. A. Washburn and E. Harwood. EGWC 682.3

McClellan, Elisabeth. Historic Dress in America, 1800-1870. Philadelphia: G. W. Jacobs & Co., [1910]. 458 pp. EGWC 682.4

Contains illustrations in pen and ink and half tone, and reproductions from photographs of rare portraits, original garments, etc. EGWC 682.5

Merritt, M. Angeline. Dress Reform Practically and Physiologically Considered. Buffalo: Printed by Jewett, Thomas and Co., 1852. 171 pp. EGWC 682.6

Subtitle reads: With Plates, Illustrations, Opinions of the Press and the Private Testimony of Various Prominent Individuals. Though its pages are few, and its page size small, it stands out as one of the first of such works. EGWC 682.7

Miller, William. Wm. Miller’s Apology and Defence. Boston: J. V. Himes, 1845. 36 pp. EGWC 682.8

Miller recounts his experience in coming to his conclusions on prophecy and in preaching them. A formal statement. EGWC 682.9

Monaghan, Frank. Heritage of Freedom. Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press, 1947. 150 pp. EGWC 682.10

Subtitle reveals scope: The History & Significance of the Basic Documents of American Liberty. “A book presenting and explaining the documents on the Freedom Train.” It contains many photographic reproductions of historic documents. EGWC 682.11

Paull, H. M. Literary Ethics. London: T. Butterworth, Limited, 1928. 358 pp. EGWC 682.12

Preface states: “Confined ... almost entirely to English literature.” EGWC 682.13

The Pulpit Commentary. Edited by H. D. M. Spence, and Joseph S. Exell. New edition. London and New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, [n.d.]. 52 vols. EGWC 682.14

This undated edition of the English work carries the statement: “This Book Is Manufactured Under Wartime Conditions,” etc., thus revealing that it was published sometime during the paper regulation period of the Second World War. EGWC 682.15

Salzman, Maurice. Plagiarism, the “Art” of Stealing Literary Material. Los Angeles: Parker, Stone & Baird Co., 1931. 268 pp. EGWC 682.16

Written by a lawyer, with chief emphasis on cases involving plagiarism. EGWC 682.17

Stephenson, Nathaniel W. The Day of the Confederacy. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1919. 214 pp. (In The Chronicles of America Series, Allen Johnson, editor.) EGWC 682.18

The subtitle reads: “A Chronicle of the Embattled South.” A brief, readable portrayal of conditions in the South from the time of the secession movement to Appomattox. EGWC 682.19

Theory and Practice in Historical Study: A Report of the Committee on Historiography. New York: Social Science Research Council, 1946. Church and Sabbath School Bulletin, 54. 177 pp. EGWC 682.20

The introductory page states: “The Social Science Research Council was organized in 1923 and formally incorporated in 1924. Its members are chosen from seven associated professional societies in the social sciences and from related disciplines. It is the purpose of the Council to plan and promote research in the social fields.” One of the “Associated Organizations” listed below the statement is the “American Historical Association.” Different chapters are written by different historians. It thoroughly exposes the fallacy that history can rather easily be written from an assortment of undebatable, objective facts, and discusses subjective prejudices of various writers. EGWC 682.21

United States Statutes at Large. EGWC 683.1

The permanent record of the acts of the United States Congress, beginning with the first session, and still in progress. It includes laws, resolutions, proclamations, treaties, etc. Vols. 1-8 are a compilation (1789-1845); thereafter each volume contains the various kinds of enactments for the years covered by the volume. EGWC 683.2

Wesley, John. Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament. 4th American ed. New York: J. Soule and T. Mason, for the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States, 1818. 768 pp. EGWC 683.3