Dale Partridge Illustrating How Plagiarism is a Problem in Ministries

Dale Partridge Illustrating How Plagiarism is a Problem in Ministries January 8, 2020
Screen cap from the Religion News Service article on Dale Partridge. Why am I getting Kelvin Gemstone (“The Righteous Gemstones) vibes from this guy?

I’ll be the first to admit I know very little about Dale Partridge. I don’t think he’s Quiverfull, even if a few QF cultural enforcers like Lori Alexander seem to follow him.

Dale is quite active on Facebook, always posting positive spin type Funda-Gelical messages all over social media. Like I said I’ve paid scant attention since we are more concerned with Quiverfull here.

Looking at his photos I can easily guess what the usual suspects of Quiverfull would say, and none of it is complimentary. The Doug Wilsons, Tim Baylys, Michael Pearls, Steven Andersons et al would judge that beard and trendy clothing. Things that are completely meaningless to indicate the state of one’s soul.

Like Lori Alexander Dale seems to bring out the worst in his followers. I have observed many times Dale having some of the same hateful followers posting on his Facebook feed that Lori has, saying some of the same quite awful demeaning disgusting things.

Dale posts a  lot of stuff like this, purported to be ‘deep’ thoughts that seem rather shallow after you sit with them and ponder them awhile

and this..

There is literally no difference between the don and daughter who can praise God in the storm and the son and daughter who can praise God for the storm, well, not much difference. This is what I mean by the deep shallows that I’ve always said this guy lurks in. There are Christians out there who this fulfills and more power to them.

Yesterday one of NLQ’s readers sent me a link to an article by Religion News Service that pretty much accuses Dale Partridge of plagiarizing some of his material from John Piper of Desiring God among others.

The sad thing is that this is not uncommon in Quiverfull or Funda-Gelical worlds. Nearly every day I read something purportedly written by Lori Alexander, or Nancy Campbell or others and realize it was cribbed from another ministry or person’s website. One or two words moved around but largely the bulk is lifted with no changes from someone else. It seems to be a feature, not a bug in many of the more informal Evangelicals.

What do you think? Do you read Dale, or have an opinion on his self-styled Christianity devoid of any legitimate links to established denominations and his creative borrowing?

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  • Christianity is pretty much 100% stolen from other religions, so this guy’s plagiarism isn’t surprising.

  • French Pandora

    I know it’s a typo but it’s so much accurate with the way they think “the DON and daughter who can praise God in the storm”

  • The Bofa on the Sofa

    Chirst is not miraculous because he changed what I do, but he changed what I want to do

    Huh?

    I change the things I want to do all the time. Currently I am doing a lot of running. It happened when I turned 50, I decided that I needed to get in shape. That wasn’t Christ who got me to do that, it was a combination of 1) wanting to do it for my wife and kids so I could be healthy longer for them, and 2) advice of my doctor.

    When I started, I just wanted to run, and was content to run on the treadmill. Then I ran a 5K and enjoyed it, and that made me want to do more races, up to the point where I am running marathons. If he doesn’t think that involves a change of heart, he’s an idiot2. You don’t just go from being a couch potato to running marathons without a major change of your life. That’s not just a change in behavior.

    Stupid platitudes, just so idiotic.

  • abb3w

    Seems less idiotic than all that, in this case.

    Particular activities chosen vary frequently. Deeper motivations that give rise to the basis for preference of what to do when seem to change less frequently. The superficial motivation to do more running is based from the desire to be healthy (and new expert advice on means to that). While such deeper motive shifts seem rare, the rarity seems well short of the territory for “miraculous”.

    Amusingly, the research of Altemeyer and Hunsberger suggested that religious deconversions — and their many consqeunt radical behavior changes — seem frequently to be a result of the constancy of a religiously instilled motivation to pursue truth without regard to personal cost.

  • Saraquill

    Stealing other people’s words and claiming them as your own violate5 two commandments.

  • Saraquill

    A lot of deconverts I’ve encountered are still fundamentalist, just with different hats. Too many of them are toxic at me, self-satisfied that their current truth allows them to be awful.

  • abb3w

    Changing religion doesn’t require a change in attitudes toward social dominance. That sometimes results, but it depends what sect you fall in with.

  • paganheart

    To me, this blatant plagiarism just proves that fundamentalism (Quiverfull and otherwise) has the intellectual depth of a mud puddle, and many fundies are, to be blunt, not very bright. They have to borrow and outright steal other people’s material because they are incapable of coming up with an original though of their own. Many are simply not very intelligent. Others may have some level of smarts but they are simply not well-educated or well-read enough to do original work. To come up with some original theology, you have to think, you have to reason, you have to question, you have to analyze. You have to ask “what if?” and “what about?” and these things are not encouraged in fundieland. I learned this the hard way at 14 when I was kicked out of my youth group for the crime of “asking too many questions.” Most fundie churches (including the Southern Baptist one I was raised in) might as well have sign outside: “Welcome to our church, please check your brain at the door.”

    One of the things I respect about the ELCA Lutheran church where I sing in choir is that they are not afraid of scholarship, analysis, asking questions and having some doubts. They also aren’t afraid of female pastors, refugees (even those who aren’t Christian) and LGBTQ people. I don’t think this is a coincidence…