Author: White, Ellen Gould (1827-1915)
This book is the third volume in White’s five-volume series entitled The Conflict of the Ages. The series tells the story of Christian history as told in the Bible, beginning from Genesis and ending in Revelation. The Desire of Ages covers the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Her interpretation of history and the Bible is quite original, and provided a theological foundation for the forming of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Like the denomination she helped to develop, her book became the subject of much controversy. In it, she draws on mystical experience and comes to conclusions far different from the mainstream attitudes of her time. Theologians today still criticize her work on the basis of its potentially heretical views on such core doctrines as those of the Trinity or the Incarnation. Even so, her commentary addresses issues relevant to the Christian faith that many others had failed to mention whatsoever, and her unique and influential voice still challenges readers to reevaluate Christian perspectives on Jesus and the progression of history.