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Ellen White and Fiction

By admin On January 31, 2016 No Comments

Ellen White and Fiction

Many have read the comments of Ellen White on fiction and wondered what she could have meant. Is she really condemning fiction of all kinds? I have long pondered this myself, trying to make realistic sense of it.

A Sampling of Ellen White’s Statements

A few quotes will suffice to give us an idea of the nature of her comments:

  • “That mind is ruined which is allowed to be absorbed in story-reading. The imagination becomes diseased, sentimentalism takes possession of the mind, and there is a vague unrest, a strange appetite for unwholesome mental food, which is constantly unbalancing the mind. Thousands are today in the insane asylum whose minds became unbalanced by novel reading, which results in air-castle building and lovesick sentimentalism.” – The Signs of the Times, February
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