Tom de Bruin deposited Book Review: Donald Edward Casebolt. Child of the Apocalypse: Ellen G. White. Eu-gene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2021. 120 pp. in the group Spes Christiana (journal) on Humanities Commons 8 months, 1 week ago
Casebolt’s book, Child of the Apocalypse: Ellen White, brings a new hypothe-sis to the field of Ellen White studies by claiming that twelve-year-old Ellen Harmon was not consciously prevaricating but was consistently wrong and deluded in an objectively clinical sense. While other Ellen White critics have doubted her genuineness and trustworthiness, Casebolt claims that Ellen was at the time mentally incapacitated because of her severe brain trauma and her “shattered” central nervous system, which had forced her to drop out of school. Thus, for instance, Walter T. Rea argues in the White Lie that Ellen White was a conscious deceiver and fraud. Casebolt, on the other hand, concludes that Ellen did not intend to deceive but, although she was mistaken in matters of more than ‘little consequence,’ she was not aware that she was factually mistaken.