K is for Lena Celestia Kellogg

I am again focusing on the famous, the forgotten and the misbegotten for Round 25 of the popular ABC Wednesday meme. But finding suitable characters is getting harder, so apologies in advance if there are repeats of previous posts.

Dr. Lena Celestia Sadler-KelloggLena Celestia Kellogg was the sister of John Harvey and William Kellogg of Cornflake fame and one of the ‘discoverers’ of The Urantia Book of divine revelations.

Lena was born in 1875 in Michigan and after a brief spell as a teacher, she turned her attention to nursing. It was then that she met and married William S Sadler and the two pursued their medical careers together, graduating with equal honours at the American Medical Missionary College.

Kellogg had a distinguished career in women’s medicine, but at some unspecified time in the 1920s or 30s, the couple claimed that words of enlightenment had been given to them by a race of super-intelligent extraterrestrial beings called the ‘Revelators’ which was channelled through the medium of a comatose patient.

This became known as The Urantia Book, using the name that these cosmic beings supposedly use for the Earth. It was communicated to them to correct errors of religious thinking and also made pronouncements on subjects ranging from evolution to quantum physics.

Dr. Lena Celestia Sadler-Kellogg

It also included an updated biography of Jesus claiming, among other things, that he visited both Rome and Greece in his late twenties to study philosophy, mathematics and art.

Lena Kellogg died in 1939, long before the revelations were made public in 1955 when The Urantia Book was published by her husband. Parts of it make disturbing reading as the Sadlers were enthusiastic proponents of eugenics, a subject still being discussed by their followers today.

The Kelloggs were ardent Seventh Day Adventists and critics of The Urantia Book point out the similarities with Adventist doctrine and even suggest that the words may have been penned by John Harvey Kellogg himself.

See the Urantia Papers website and Urantia: The Great Cult Mystery by Martin Gardner.

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4 comments… Add yours
  • Jackie 19th September 2019

    Well, now I am intrigued by this!!

  • Su-sieee! Mac 19th September 2019

    Anything is possible. The Kelloggs are an interesting bunch.

  • ABC Wednesday 20th September 2019

    Like many people before (and after) them… it is beautiful to believe in something but I think it wrong to think that you are the only one who sees the one and only true version of it… historie tells us to much about suffering and death by such ways of life

    Have a heartwarming en splendid ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    M e l o d y (team ABC-W)

  • Roger O Green 23rd September 2019

    I’ve always wondered about that period between Jesus at the temple and Jesus’ ministry. Did he go to India? Rome and Greece also seem plausible over an 18-year period.


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