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...]

Spokesperson: Thomas Nelson Working With Driscolls to Address Real Marriage Citation Issues

I asked Harper Collins Christian Publishing Director of Corporate Communications, Casey Francis Harrell for comment regarding when the print edition of Real Marriage would reflect the changes now seen online. In response, Ms. Harrell said in an email: We are aware of the issues that have been raised about Mark and Grace Driscoll's REAL MARRIAGE, and we are working with the authors to address them as efficiently and effectively as possible in all formats. Thomas Nelson has addressed two of the … [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...]

Writing Recycling: A New Wrinkle in the Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Controversy?

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In 2012, journalist Jonah Lehrer came under fire for self-plagiarism.* Lehrer eventually lost his job due to recycling and inventing material, notably attributing false quotes to Bob Dylan. While writing for the New Yorker, Lehrer posted a column which began in nearly the same manner as a column published by the Wall Street Journal during the previous year. Jim Romenesko first reported Lehrer's recycled material. To see how similar they are (nearly identical), you can go to Romenesko's blog … [Read more...]

A Year Ago Thomas Nelson Lost Confidence in The Jefferson Lies

This week a year ago, Thomas Nelson publishers pulled David Barton's book The Jefferson Lies from publication. As I recall, I first learned of the event from Tennessean reporter Bob Smietana who called me to ask for comment. I think the first to get it on the web was probably Thomas Kidd at World Magazine on August 9. The news broke the day after a major NPR expose on Barton's historical claims. A day before that World posted an article citing Jay Richards and others who had raised concerns … [Read more...]

Dizzy Up the Book: Amazon Switches Jefferson Lies Publisher Again

Even though neither Wallbuilder Press nor Thomas Nelson are currently publishing The Jefferson Lies, Amazon.com has switched the publisher from Wallbuilder Press to Thomas Nelson again on their page for David Barton's book.Yesterday, I pointed out that Amazon had switched the publisher designation to Wallbuilder Press. Today, it is back to Thomas Nelson.I acknowledge that the situation with this book makes it difficult to assign a publisher but something should better than what is … [Read more...]

Now Amazon Lists Wallbuilders as the Publisher of The Jefferson Lies

As Chris Rodda pointed out after Christmas, Amazon listed Wallbuilders as the publisher of The Jefferson Lies after Thomas Nelson dropped it. However, after she informed Amazon that Wallbuilders did not publish the book, the bookseller changed the publisher to Thomas Nelson. Read her post here.When it comes to The J-Lies, one thing is sure: nothing is sure.Now Amazon has changed the publisher designation again and lists Wallbuilder Press as the publisher.As Rodda pointed out in her … [Read more...]

David Barton says he has another publisher for The Jefferson Lies

That was fast.On the Wallbuilders Facebook page, Barton writes the book will rise again. See also this email to his supporters.I might have more to say when the publisher is announced but until then, consider this an open forum on the matter...John Fea has some thoughts on those rising to Barton's defense.There are many reports on various facets of this story. I hope to bring all the links together on Monday. If Barton does get another publisher, the story will revive with fresh … [Read more...]


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