Walter T. Rea
Rea was born in 1922. He died in August 2014. He had been the pastor of the Adventist church in Long Beach, California and compiled Biblical biographies from Ellen White writings for sale before being terminated from church employ.
In 1980, the Ellen G. White Estate and the Biblical Research Institute decided to begin a study of White's inspiration and other topics. A scholarly committee met at the Glendale Adventist Hospital on January 28 and 29, to discuss Rea's studies into White's use of sources.
Rea's employment by the church was terminated. He claimed that up to 80 or 90% of White's writings were plagiarized, a claim which formed the basis of his book, The White Lie.
Rea was the first to document such large scales of borrowing, citing 75 books White depended on. He was one of the key figures who introduced new views of White to the church.[neutrality is disputed]
- Criticism of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
- Dale Ratzlaff
- "Walter Rea Dies"
- From Controversy to Crisis: An Updated Assessment of Seventh-day Adventism by Kenneth Samples. Christian Research Journal 11:1 (Summer 1988)
- Ostling, Richard N.; Jim Castelli; Dick Thompson (1982-08-02). "The Church of Liberal Borrowings". Time. Time Inc. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2007-10-22.