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 … [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, … [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...]

Publisher Corrects More Plagiarism in Mark Driscoll’s Real Marriage

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In January, I pointed out that a section of Real Marriage by Mark & Grace Driscoll seemed quite similar to a passage from Leland Ryken's book Worldly Saints (as well as a couple of other sources). As it turns out, the publisher, Harper Collins Christian, has now corrected the section in question by quoting and footnoting the section of Ryken's book I identified. Nearly all of the problems I identified have been addressed (although a couple of problems remain, see below) in the Google version … [Read more...]

Publisher Corrects Citation Problems in Mark Driscoll’s Book Who Do You Think You Are

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In December 2013, I documented the presence of copied material from an InterVarsity Press reference book in Mark Driscoll's book, Who Do You Think You Are? The material from a Dictionary of Paul and His Letters was copied without citation from a Docent Research Group report on Ephesians. See that post for more details. Now the publisher has addressed the plagiarized material by adding footnotes to the book with the proper reference to Clinton Arnold's article in the Dictionary. The changes … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll’s Tim Keller Remix: Is This Plagiarism?

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Note: This post contains two articles in one. First, I am posting another guest contribution from Becky Garrison, this time highlighting a February 5, 2009 chapel speech at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC where Mark Driscoll presented nine distinctions between the gospel and religion. Those who know Tim Keller's work will recognize in Driscoll's sermon a central theme of Keller's preaching and ministry going back many years. Garrison again raises the issue of … [Read more...]


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