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Ellen White's Plagiarism of C.E. Stowe

Mrs. White had a copy of Dr. Stowe's book in her personal library. Below are some examples of where she copied his writings:

C.E. Stowe,
Origin and History of the Bible (1867), pp. 17-20
Ellen White,
Selected Messages (1886), pp. 19-21
Moreover, human minds are unlike in the impressions they receive from the same word; and it is certain that one man seldom gives to another of different temperament, education, and habits of thought, by language, exactly the same idea, with the same shape and color, as that which lies in his own mind; yet if men are honest and right-minded they can come near enough to each other's meaning for all purposes of practical unity. Human minds vary. The minds of different education and thought receive different impressions of the same words, and it is difficult for one mind to give to one of a different temperament, education, and habits of thought by language exactly the same idea as that which is clear and distinct in his own mind. Yet to honest men, right-minded men, he can be so simple and plain as to convey his meaning for all practical purposes. ...
Here comes in the objection that the Bible can be made to mean everything and anything, all sects build upon it, the most diverse doctrines are derived from it. ... They declare that the Bible can prove anything and everything, that every sect proves their doctrines right, and that the most diverse doctrines are proved from the Bible.
...expressed in human language. This is owing to the imperfection...of human language, and to the infirmity and the perverse ingenuity also of the human mind. It is not anything peculiar to the Bible. Hear two opposing lawyers argue a point of statute law in its application to a particular case. Hear two opposing politicians make their diverse arguments... The writers of the Bible had to express their ideas in human language. ... Because of the imperfections of human understanding of language, or the perversity of the human mind, ingenious in evading truth, many read and understand the Bible to please themselves. It is not that the difficulty is in the Bible. Opposing politicians argue points of law in the statute book, and take opposite views in their application and in these laws.
The Bible is not one unbroken chain of books, chapters, and verses, representing one unbroken series of divine utterances from beginning to end. ... The Scriptures we given to men piecemeal, throughout many ages, as God saw the right opportunities-- at sundry times and in divers manners--this is what the Bible says of itself; and not all at once, as if you must have bud, blossom, and fruit, all in the same hour. ... First the blade, then the ear, and after the full corn in the ear; this is what the Bible says of itself and this is just what we find it to be. The Scriptures were given to men, not in a continuous chain of unbroken utterances, but piece by piece through successive generations, as God in His providence saw a fitting opportunity to impress man at sundry times and divers places. Men wrote as they were moved upon by the Holy Ghost. There is "first the bud, then the blossom, and next the fruit," "first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear." This is exactly what the Bible utterances are to us.
There is but 1ittle of external unity in the Bible...the miracles of Christ...are not given in the philosophical order...The unity of Scripture is not an external, it is an internal, a spiritual unity, the unity of one grand idea running through the whole... There is not always perfect order or apparent unity in the Scriptures. The miracles of Christ are not given in exact order... The illuminated soul sees a spiritual unity, one grand golden thread running through the whole...
The Bible is not given to us in any celestial or superhuman language. ... must be given to them in the language of men. But every human language is...an imperfect language. No human language has exactly one word...for each distinct idea. In every known language the same word is used to indicate different things, and different words are used to indicate the same thing. In every human language each word has more than one meaning, and each thing has generally more than one name. ...and it is for practical purposes only that the Bible was given. The Bible is not given to us in grand superhuman language. ... The Bible must be given in the language of men. Everything that is human is imperfect. Different meanings are expressed by the same word; there is not one word for each distinct idea. The Bible was given for practical purposes.
Yet prepossessions, prejudices, and passions come in so plentifully to darken and confuse men's minds when they are reading the Bib1e. ... Prepossessions, prejudices, and passions have a strong influence to darken the understanding and confuse the mind even in reading the words of Holy Writ.
He opened their understandings that they might understand the Scriptures. Men in these times need to have their understandings both opened and straightened out... He opened their understanding that they might understand the Scriptures. How quickly He straightened out the tangled ends and showed the unity and divine verity of the Scriptures. How much men in these times need their understanding opened.
The Bible is not a specimen of God's skill as a writer, showing us God's mode of thought... How often do we see men seeking out isolated passages of Scripture, and triumphantly saying that such expressions are unworthy of God and could not have proceeded from Him. God has not put himself on trial before us in that way in the Bible...the writers of the Bible were "God's penmen, and not God's pens." The Bible is written by inspired men, but it is not God's mode of thought and expression. It is that of humanity. God, as a writer, is not represented. Men will often say such an expression is not like God. But God has not put Himself in words, in logic, in rhetoric, on trial in the Bible. The writers of the Bible were God's penmen, not His pen. ...
It is not the words of the Bible that were inspired...it is the nen who wrote the Bible that were inspired. Inspiration acts not on the man's words,not on the man's thoughts, but on the man himself: so that he...under the impulse of the Holy Ghost, conceives certain thoughts and gives utterance to them in certain words, both the words and the thoughts receiving the peculiar impress of the mind...The Divine mind is, as it were so diffused through the human, and the human mind is so interpenetrated with the Divine, that for the time being the utterances of the man are the word of God. It is not the words of the Bible that are inspired, but the men that were inspired. Inspiration acts not on the man's words or his expressions but on the man himself, who, under the influence of the Holy Ghost, is imbued with thoughts. But the words receive the impress of the individual mind. The divine mind is diffused. The divine mind and will is combined with the human mind and will; thus the utterances of the man are the word of God.
--Manuscript 24, 1886 (written in Europe in 1886).

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