Did the Colusa County Reverend Plagiarize?

A lot of commenters mentioned this already, but there appears to be a case of plagiarism afoot.

First, look at an excerpt from Rev. Albert Mohler‘s book Atheism Remix:

Atheism is not a new concept. Even the Bible speaks of the one who tells himself in his heart, “There is no God.” Atheism became an organized and publicly recognized worldview in the wake of the Enlightenment and has maintained a foothold in Western culture ever since. Disbelief in God became part of the cultural landscape in the 1960s when TIME magazine published a cover story—“Is God Dead?”—that seemed to herald the arrival of a new secular age.

And here’s the first paragraph from an op-ed published a few days ago by Dr. Samuel Krouse in the Colusa County Sun Herald:

Atheism is not new. The Bible speaks of the one who tells himself in his heart, “There is no God.” Atheism became an organized and publicly recognized worldview in the wake of the Enlightenment and has maintained a foothold in Western culture ever since. Disbelief in God became part of the cultural landscape in the 1960s when TIME magazine published a cover story – “Is God Dead?” – that seemed to herald the arrival of a new secular age

That looks strangely familiar…

Let’s do it again.

First, Mohler, from his book:

In the final analysis, the New Atheism presents the Christian church with a great moment of clarification. The New Atheists do, in the end, understand what they are rejecting. When Sam Harris defines true religion as that “where participants’ avowed belief in a supernatural agent or agents whose approval is to be sought,” he understands what many mired in confusion do not. In the end, the existence of the supernatural, self-existent, and self-revealing God is the only starting point for Christian theology. God possesses all of the perfections revealed in Scripture, or there is no coherent theology presented in the Bible. The New Atheists are certainly right about one very important thing—it’s atheism or biblical theism. There is nothing in between.

And then, Krouse, from his more recent op-ed:

In the final analysis, the New Atheism presents the Christian church with a great moment of clarification. The New Atheists do, in the end, understand what they are rejecting. When Sam Harris defines true religion as that “where participants’ avowed belief in a supernatural agent or agents whose approval is to be sought,” he understands what many mired in confusion do not. In the end, the existence of the supernatural, self-existent, and self-revealing God is the only starting point for Christian theology. God possesses all of the perfections revealed in Scripture, or there is no coherent theology presented in the Bible. The New Atheists are certainly right about one very important thing—it’s atheism or biblical theism. There is nothing in between.

That one’s word-for-word.

Blatant plagiarism.

With no credit given to Mohler.

From Krouse, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Colusa… and whose contact information is on his church’s website…

Pathetic.

  • http://thehappyhuman.wordpress.com John

    I think your headline is misleading…it’s not the Rev. Mohler who is suspected of plagiarism, but Dr. Krouse.

  • http://www.creativecentury.com Ramon

    That’s sad…

  • http://www.fabulouslyinthecity.com Fabulously in the City

    I’m pretty sure “Thou Shalt Not Steal” is one of the ten commandments…:-P

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  • http://agersomnia.blogspot.com Agersomnia

    Oh my FSM!!

    How could he!?!?

    But would it be worth to send him an e-mail? I mean… not just to the news. Because Rev. Albert Mohler, if knows, will probably give his own full forgiveness, riiight?

  • j swift

    Agersomnia, what you say is true but I think there is something in there about repenting and sinning no more. The good Pastor should come clean. It is hard on your credibility if you are a man standing up in front of people and telling them how to live moral lives when you do such things.

  • ThePantsParty

    Original Article Here

    The stupid thing is, I read the original a couple of days ago at work after looking up ‘atheism’ in google news, and then last night I found the plagiarized one the same way, but I just thought it was the same author being publicized. I feel like an idiot now not even noticing the two different names.

  • http://splendidelles.wordpress.com/ Elles

    Oh come on…

    It’s not that hard to stuff a few hundred pages with extremely fuzzy logic and a few straw men. I mean, if I wanted to I could be a New Age guru.

  • http://steingrueblwe.blogspot.com HeatherS

    Well okay-I bit. Here’s what I sent to the good doctor…

    ***

    Dr. Krause-
    It has come to my attention that some of your recent publications lack citations. While I am pleased to see proper citation of Biblical passages, I am distressed by your oversight in the case of more contemporary authors. I trust that you will correct this mistake immediately so as to not associate Rev. Mohler’s words with any moral lapse on your part.

    Sincerely,
    Heather

  • Justin

    The article has been removed from the newspaper’s website without explanation.

  • Siamang

    If you search on his name, it comes up with many articles at that paper.

    Googling some text from the first article I clicked, (a St. Patrick’s day post) I found it to be plagerized as well.

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