Religion: Prophet or Plagiarist?

Falling into a trance in the presence of friends in Topsham, Me., a 19-year-old girl had a vision. Jesus allowed her to see the tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written. At the very center in a halo of light was the Fourth Commandment, requiring observance of the seventh day. This meant, an angel explained, that Saturday must be kept as the Christian Sabbath.

The year was 1847, and the girl was Ellen Gould White, who was to become the leader of a new sect, the Seventh-day Adventists. A follower of Baptist Preacher William Miller, she had been one of thousands...

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