Seventh-day Adventists

Uriah Smith

Inventor, Teacher, Writer, Editor


     Uriah Smith (May 3, 1832 – March 6, 1903) was a Seventh-day Adventist author and editor who worked for the Review and Herald (now the Adventist Review) for 50 years.

     "Uriah Smith was a gifted church leader—a teacher, writer, editor, poet, hymn writer, inventor, and engraver. Uriah Smith in 1863, when the General Conference was organized, was elected its first secretary.    This was a position that he subsequently held five different times.      He was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1874.    With the founding of Battle Creek College in 1874, Elder Smith became the Bible teacher, a position he held for the next eight years, the last two of which he was also chairman of the board.      Uriah also served as General Conference treasurer from 1876-1877."

     "Uriah Smith produced many of the first illustrations that appeared in the Review and Herald.     He also wrote a number of books, the most famous of which was Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation better know just as Daniel and the Revelation.       In addition, Uriah Smith was an inventor who patented such diverse things as an artificial leg with a moveable ankle and a school desk with an improved folding seat. He died in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1903, at the age of 71, from a stroke on his way to the Review office." 

      "His book Daniel and the Revelation became the classic text on Adventist end-time beliefs."

       "His sister Annie R. Smith was an early Seventh-day Adventist hymnist.".

  Uriah Smith

     "Uriah Smith was born in 1832 in West Wilton, New Hampshire.  His family accepted the Millerite message and in 1844 experienced what has become known as the Great Disappointment.     That same year, Smith had his left leg amputated due to an infection.    Following the Disappointment, Smith lost interest in religion and commenced schooling at Philips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire.    In December 1852, he accepted the message taught by Sabbatarian Adventists  which in 1863 became the Seventh-day Adventist Church.      In 1853, he began working at the offices of the Advent Review and Sabbath Herald (now the Adventist Review), becoming its editor in 1855.    His main contribution to Adventist theology was a commentary on the prophetic Biblical books of Daniel and the Revelation, but he also wrote extensively on conditional immortality and other topics.     He advocated religious liberty, the abolition of slavery, and noncombatancy for Adventists.


  • The Warning Voice of Time and Prophecy (1853)
  • The Bible Student's Assistant, Or, A Compend Of Scripture References (1858)
  • Mortal or Immortal? Which?, or, An Inquiry into the Present Constitution and Future Condition of Man (1860)
  • The Two Covenants (1860s)
  • Which? Mortal, Or Immortal? : Or, An Inquiry Into The Present Constitution And Future Condition Of Man (1864)
  • Daniel and the Revelation
  • Thoughts on Daniel, Critical and Practical, on the Book of Daniel 2nd edn (DjVu)
  • An Appeal to the Youth: Funeral Address of Henry N. White (1868)
  • The Visions of Mrs. E. G. White : a Manifestation of Spiritual Gifts According to the Scriptures (1868)
  • Poems with Rebekah Smith and Annie R. Smith (1871)
  • The United States in the Light of Prophecy, or, An Exposition of Rev. 13:11-17 (1872)
  • The State of the Dead and the Destiny of the Wicked (1873)
  • The Sanctuary And The Twenty-Three Hundred Days Of Daniel VIII, 14 (1877)
  • The Biblical Institute with James White (1878)
  • A Sketch of the Last Sickness and Death of Elder James White with W. C. Gage and John Harvey Kellogg (1881)
  • Man's Nature And Destiny, or, The State Of The Dead, The Reward Of The Righteous, And The End Of The Wicked (1884)
  • Our Country's Future. The United States in the Light Of Prophecy, or, an Exposition of Rev. 13:11-17 (1884)
  • Synopsis of the Present Truth : A Brief Exposition of the Views of S. D. Adventists (1884)
  • An Exposure of Fanaticism and Wickedness withGeorge Ide Butler(1885)
  • The Marvel of Nations. Our Country: Its Past, Present, and Future, and What the Scriptures Say of It (1886)
  • Modern Spiritualism: a Subject of Prophecy and a Sign of the Times (1896)
  • Here and Hereafter, or, Man in Life and Death (1897)
  • Looking Unto Jesus, or, Christ in Type and Antitype (1897)
  • Our Country, the Marvel of Nations (1901)

      Much as such Adventist "pioneers" as Hiram Edson, Captain Joseph Bates, and the Uriah Smith might have had their own personal reservations about where Ellen White was getting her visions from,  without the SUPPORT these visions gave their own ideas and beliefs, a lot fewer people would have paid any attention to these ideas and beliefs.

     Once Ellen White had received visions on the subjects of "Jesus as Our High Priest," the Seventh-day Sabbath as the only valid day of worship, "Health Reform", the abolition of slavery, temperance, non-smoking, non-combatancy, and Vegetarianism, the vast majority of Seventh-day Adventists were inclined to believe that God Himself had stamped these ideas and doctrines with His Divine approval -- and they could no more be changed and improved upon than could the words and ideas of the Holy Bible.   In this way, and by this means, the ideas and theories of Edson, Bates, and Uriah Smith became, in practice if not in theory, IMMORTAL, UNCHANGEABLE, and INFALLIBLE..   Meanwhile, in Catholicism, a French teen-ager named Bernadette Soubirois was performing a similar service for the Popes of the Roman Church.  An apparition they assumed was the Virgin Mary had referred to itself as the "Immaculate Conception" and made of the pope who wished this to be an accepted Catholic dogma -- INFALLIBLE!

By the year 1870 it was official!

     "We teach and define that it is a dogma Divinely revealed that the Roman pontiff when he speaks ex cathedra, that is when in discharge of the office of pastor and doctor of all Christians, by virtue of his supreme Apostolic authority, he defines a doctrine regarding faith or morals to be held by the universal Church, by the Divine assistance promised to him in Blessed Peter, is possessed of that infallibility with which the Divine Redeemer willed that his Church should be endowed in defining doctrine regarding faith or morals, and that therefore such definitions of the Roman pontiff are of themselves and not from the consent of the Church irreformable.

     "So then, should anyone, which God forbid, have the temerity to reject this definition of ours: let him be anathema."  (see Denziger §1839).

— Vatican Council, Sess. IV , Const. de Ecclesiâ Christi, Chapter iv

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