Yet Another Citation Error in Mark Driscoll’s Real Marriage

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Pubishers have three options when plagiarism and/or errors are discovered. Such problems can be ignored, corrected or in extreme cases the book can be pulled from publication. In the case of David Barton's book The Jefferson Lies, there were so many errors that correction was not a viable option so the book was pulled by publisher Thomas Nelson. In the case of Mark Driscoll's Real Marriage, Thomas Nelson elected to correct the errors. I found several such errors in Real Marriage, most of which T … [Read more...]

Former Colleague Provides Evidence Mark Driscoll Plagiarized Material in Two Books

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In 2004, Zondervan published The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out Without Selling Out by Mark Driscoll. In 2006, they published Driscoll's Confessions of a Reformission Rev: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church. In these books, among other things, Driscoll addressed the relationships between the Gospel, the church, and culture. In The Radical Reformission, he borrowed a graphic from a book edited by George Hunsberger which indicates a reciprocal relationship between the three … [Read more...]

Buzzfeed Fires Editor Over Plagiarism

On Friday, Buzzfeed fired an editor over plagiarism.You can see some of the examples of what got Benny Johnson fired here.Now compare that to these instances and this one involving Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll.  … [Read more...]

CNN Fires Editor Over Multiple Instances of Plagiarism

It is becoming plagiarism Friday. See these previous posts.Today CNN announced the ouster of Marie-Louise Gumuchian, a former editor who wrote mainly about international news. According to an Editor's note on the CNN website, CNN discovered about 50 articles with plagiarized material. According to the Washington Post, there were 128 separate instances of plagiarized material in those 50 articles. The investigation is ongoing.Some articles have been completely removed. Some, like this one … [Read more...]

On Being a Ghostwriter Without Knowing It

Comedian Danny Murphy today relates a story of having some of his material end up in several sources without attribution.He provided detail about his interactions with magachurch pastor Craig Groeschel. Groeschel, pastor of LifeChurch.tv, modified the material for use in a book on marriage. That first book went out of print but a newer book still includes the material and the publisher did make the correction.Murphy learned of the situation through listening to a sermon where the … [Read more...]

Et tu, Challies? (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Tim Challies responded here in the comments, at Collin Garbarino's blog, and added a comment on the Teresa of Avila post: Note: Readers pointed out that initially I did not properly cite Wikipedia’s entry on Teresa of Avila; I appreciate having that pointed out and added a footnote as appropriate. It was clearly marked as a quote in my research notes but that did not make it to the article. As for the general tone of the article, it is meant to be informational more than biographical, b … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Update: Dan Allender Gets a Footnote in Real Marriage

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In January 2014, I noted that Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins Christian added Dan Allender's name to the Acknowledgments section of Mark & Grace Driscoll's book Real Marriage. Use of Allender's styles of relating without citation was one of the early allegations of plagiarism made by Janet Mefferd after the infamous November, 2013 interview.In my post demonstrating the addition of Allender's name to the Acknowledgments section, I expressed my view that the publisher should also add a … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll and Instruction on Plagiarism at Corban University and Western Seminary.

Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church are partnering with Corban University and Western Seminary to teach the Bible and related topics. You can hear Driscoll pitching the program on You Tube. He will be teaching in the school.Driscoll's publishers are now cleaning up multiple instances of plagiarism in his books. Although relatively minor, there are factual errors as well (see this chart for a comprehensive look the citation problems found to date). Driscoll has not yet addressed most of these … [Read more...]


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