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...]

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...]

Mark Driscoll’s Citation Errors At A Glance

Since November 2013, Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll has been at the center of a controversy surrounding "citation errors" in his books. In addition to other bloggers, I have examined various claims and located several problems which involve multiple books and publishers.  Publishers Crossway, NavPress and Thomas Nelson have announced that they are in various stages of examining and/or correcting these problems.Click the image below to go to an identical table with live links to my … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll and Peter Jones: Unfinished Business in the Plagiarism Controversy

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The controversy over Mark Driscoll’s use of material written by others started with Janet Mefferd’s accusation that Driscoll plagiarized Peter Jones concepts and descriptions of one-ism and two-ism. According to Jones in his book One or two: Seeing a world of difference (see how easy that is!), one-ism is the view that everything is of one essence. As Jones says in the book, “everything is a piece of the divine.” Two-ism recognizes a distinction between the uncreated (God) and created (everyt … [Read more...]

From Martin Luther To Mark Driscoll: A Literary Version Of The Telephone Game

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Stories passed along from one person to another often vary significantly from the original telling. Over time, paraphrasing the work of other people can lead to some interesting but incorrect stories being passed down as fact.  Mark Driscoll's books Real Marriage and Religion Saves contain illustrations of this telephone game in writing.On January 21, I wrote about remarkable similarities between Driscoll's Real Marriage and Leland Ryken's book Worldly Saints.  In that post, I also noted a … [Read more...]

Would Mark Driscoll Fail A Course In His Own School?

Possibly.In 2009, Mars Hill Church launched the Resurgence Training Center. Also known as RE:Train, the program is designed "to train leaders and fuel the leadership engine of our multi-site and church planting movement at Mars Hill church." (p. 3). The program is set up like an academic institution in that there is a catalog of policies and the courses lead to a "Master of Missional Leadership." (see pages 4-5). Mark Driscoll is listed as one of the teachers in the school (see pages … [Read more...]


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