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...]

Publisher Thomas Nelson Alters Mark Driscoll’s Book Real Marriage To Correct Citation Problems

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On January 9, I compared a section of Mark & Grace Driscoll's book Real Marriage to Justin & Lindsey Holcomb's book Rid of My Disgrace. In that post, I noted that the Driscolls did not give adequate credit to the Holcombs for some material adapted from the Holcombs' book on recovery from sexual assault. While some supporters of Mark Driscoll have minimized concerns about plagiarism and  inadequate citation, the publishers involved apparently consider the problems to be important. First, … [Read more...]

Summary of New and Old Citation Problems in Mark & Grace Driscoll’s Real Marriage

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In this post, I am going to summarize the remainder of instances of citation problems and recycling in Mark & Grace Driscoll’s book Real Marriage. In addition, I will add links to the previous issues discovered.First some issues I have not written about previously.On pages 53-54, the Driscolls write about "contract v. covenant marriage." To me, this use seems similar to their use of Dan Allender's relational styles of abused women ("tough girl, good girl, party girl"). First, from R … [Read more...]

More Citation Problems in Mark Driscoll’s Book Real Marriage; Leland Ryken’s Worldly Saints and More

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In addition to issues already raised about Mark & Grace Driscoll’s book, Real Marriage, I have found other instances where material was not cited, cited with errors, or recycled from other books. Today, I want to examine pages 115-117 from Real Marriage.  First I provide the sentence from the Driscolls' book and then the apparent source. The sentences in Real Marriage are provided in the order they are written in the book. I have provided screen caps of 2012 Real Marriage and Leland Ryken’s 1 … [Read more...]

Anti-Plagiarism Campaigner Says Mark Driscoll Did Not Adequately Cite The Work Of Peter Jones

Yesterday, I highlighted the work of the American Copy Editors Society against plagiarism. I learned about their work from Neil Holdway, treasurer of ACES and editor of Chicago area paper Daily Herald (incidentally, where Janet Mefferd once worked. Holdway was her boss there). I asked Holdway about the Mark Driscoll controversy and specifically about the initial allegations of his old colleague regarding Mark Driscoll’s use of Peter Jones’ work. In his response, Holdway took issue with the res … [Read more...]

American Copy Editors Society: Leading The Charge Against Plagiarism

When Tyndale House first responded to allegations of plagiarism in A Call to Resurgence by Mark Driscoll, the publisher claimed that Driscoll’s citation of Peter Jones was proper and conformed to “market standards.” Many people disagreed with Tyndale which has raised questions about what "market standards" should be.I learned yesterday about one effort to address the question of standards. I spoke to Neil Holdway, treasurer of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) and an editor with the Ch … [Read more...]


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