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Words that are exactly the same in both Ellen White's book and the alleged source.

Words that are similar, not exactly the same.

Words that are the same or similar, but which appear to be copied from the Bible.

The actual comparisons found in Cleveland's book

Inadequate use of ellipses, and changed capitalization or wording.

Borrowing from Conybeare and Howson: An Analysis

Distortion #2: Missing Statistics

Sydney Cleveland does a good job of making it appear that Ellen White's book and Conybeare and Howson's book are extremely similar. Yet the reader of his comparisons comes away without a clue regarding the actual percentage of similarity. For example, the material covered by the previous comparison ended up with 1.8% of Conybeare and Howson's words being used by Ellen White. That 1.8% comprised about 9.1% of the paragraph she wrote. In the comparison below the percentages are 3.2% and 4.1% respectively. And in the material covered by the three comparisons after that, the percentages are 2.2% and 4.4% respectively.

Does Cleveland really believe that such low percentages of borrowed wording mean something?

Sketches from the Life of Paul
Ellen G. White, pp. 55, 56
Life and Epistles of Paul
Conybeare & Howson, pp. 168, 169
"Paul addressed them in the Greek language."—p. 55. "He addressed them in Greek."—p. 169.  
8 out of 195 words are the same or similar, but not found in the Bible account. 8 out of about 251 words are the same or similar, but not found in the Bible account.
Paul addressed them in the Greek language, presenting for their consideration such subjects as would lead them to a correct knowledge of Him who should be the object of their adoration. [p. 56] He directed their attention to the firmament of the heavens—the sun, moon, and stars—the beautiful order of the recurring seasons, the mighty mountains whose peaks were capped with snow, the lofty trees, and the varied wonders of nature, which showed a skill and exactitude almost beyond finite comprehension. Through these visible works of the Almighty, the apostle led the minds of the heathen to the contemplation of the great Mind of the universe.

He then told them of the Son of God, who came from Heaven to our world because he loved the children of men. His life and ministry were presented before them; his rejection by those whom he came to save; his trial and crucifixion by wicked men; his resurrection from the dead to finish his work on earth; and his ascension to Heaven to be man's Advocate in the presence of the Maker of the world. With the Spirit and power of God, Paul and Barnabas declared the gospel of Christ.

These introductory remarks prepare us for considering the miracle recorded in the Acts. We must suppose that Paul gathered groups of the Lystrians about him, and addressed them in places of public resort, as a modern missionary might address the natives of a Hindoo village.5 [p. 169] But it would not be necessary in his case, as in that of Schwartz or Martyn, to have learnt the primitive language of those to whom he spoke. He addressed them in Greek, for Greek was well understood in this border country of the Lystrians, though their own dialect was either a barbarous corruption of that noble language, or the surviving remainder of some older tongue. He used the language of general civilisation, as English may be used now in a Welch country-town like Dolgelly or Carmarthen. The subjects he brought before these illiterate idolaters of Lycaonia were doubtless such as would lead them, by the most natural steps, to the knowledge of the true God, and the belief in His Son's resurrection. He told them, as he told the educated Athenians,1 of Him whose worship they had ignorantly corrupted, whose unity, power, and goodness they might have discerned through the operations of nature; whose displeasure against sin had been revealed to them by the admonitions of their natural conscience.

5 See for instance Fox's Chapters on Missions, p. 153, &c.

1 It is very important to compare together the speeches at Lystra and Athens, and both with the first chapter of the Romans. See pp. 171, 172.


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