During my time at Andrews in the early seventies I was taken into the EGW vault in Washington D.C. There, my guide led me to the bookshelves containing Ellen’s personal library. My guide’s interests, and my own, were Geology, Earth Origins and Time, that had been stimulated by field trips across North America.
My guide was familiar with the contents of the library. Taking one book after another he opened them to passages underlined in ink that described the formation of coal, origin of earthquakes, and fossils, material that had been included into her inspired writings.
Just to be clear these books were not her writings, but contemporary authors, from whom she sourced her (false) information.
Whether these line markings were hers personally or those of her researcher/editors I considered not to be relevant.
Two things became crystal clear to me that day:
1 She borrowed without acknowledging her sources. Here they were in my hands. Underlined!
This fact I was to learn had been well documented by others.
2 She borrowed errors disseminating them as of divine origin.
It was for me a smoking gun.
One can accept with a broad view of a prophet’s calling that he/she must necessarily communicate within the limitations of his/her contemporary world-view. It is however problematic when a prophet chooses the outdated facts when the updated facts are also available.
One of the arguments put forward as “proof” of the legitimacy of her calling was a supposed ability to discriminate between facts and fictions, the useful from the dangerous.
The church and its apologists can dance the jig of obfuscation, defining and redefining her authority as forced to do by hard facts, or ignore the evidence hoping it doesn’t percolate too far into the constituency. Meanwhile doubling down on what has long been an indefensible defense.
I will listen to them if, or when, the contents in the library and markings within the books are treated openly and seriously. And as a bonus, refrain from maligning and sidelining those who when they see a spade call it a spade.
I do not expect this to happen, for to look behind the veil, as did Dorothy looking for the Wizard, is to find no there there, and be guaranteed disappointment - but with it enlightenment.