Missler Caught Plagiarizing

Missler Caught Plagiarizing August 16, 2013

Chuck Missler is a Christian right rock star, a former Navy officer and corporate executive turned evangelist. He founded Koinonia House and has published a huge number of books about the Bible. Discernment Research Group, a Christian organization that tracks what it considers heretical Christians, has now caught him dead to rights plagiarizing another author. And the punchline is that he plagiarized a New Age author named Michael Talbot.

In his 1999 book Cosmic Codes, Missler copies whole paragraphs verbatim from Talbot’s 1991 book The Holographic Universe. Two blatant examples:

EXHIBIT #1:

TALBOT, pg. 1: “In the movie Star Wars, Luke Skywalker’s adventure begins when a beam of light shoots out of the robot Artoo Detoo and projects a miniature three-dimensional image of Princess Leia. Luke watches spellbound as the ghostly sculpture of light begs for someone named Obi-wan Kenobi to come to her assistance. The image is a hologram, a three-dimensional picture made with the aid of a laser….” [Ed. Note: Talbot gave credit for this opening paragraph to ‘Kerry Brace’ on his acknowledgment page xii.]

MISSLER, pg. 309: “In the movie Star Wars, Luke Skywalker’s adventure begins when a beam of light shoots out of the robot R2D2 (‘Artoo Detoo’) and projects a miniature three-dimensional image of Princess Leia. Luke watches spellbound as the ghostly sculpture of light begs for someone named Obi-wan Kenobi to come to her assistance. The image is a hologram, a three-dimensional picture made with the aid of a laser….”

EXHIBIT #2

TALBOT, pg. 1: “…there is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it–from snowflakes to maple trees to falling stars and spinning electrons–are also only ghostly images, projections from a level of reality so beyond our own it is literally beyond both space and time.”

MISSLER, pg. 338: “…there is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it are also only ghostly images, projections from a level of reality so beyond our own it is literally beyond both space and time.”

That isn’t just an honest mistake, that’s a direct cut and paste. Another Christian fraud is exposed.


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