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Publisher: Mark Driscoll Improperly Copied Paragraphs from Bible Commentary

(UPDATED) Mars Hill Church admits 'citation errors' and discreetly takes down study guide.
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Update (Dec. 10): The employer of Driscoll's research assistant tells CT's Andy Crouch that its "records show that [he] provided Mars Hill all the documentation needed to properly cite the IVP commentary" (CT paraphrase). Crouch ...

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David Lloyd-Jones

March 13, 2014  1:28pm

Michael Worrell, You mildly, and with an apparent reasonableness, ask that the parties concerned address the issue, forgive each other, and move on. 1.) I'm not sure what your "each other" is doing in there: it's transgressors who need forgiveness, not their victims. 2.) Do you have any evidence of Driscoll having addressed the several issues here? -dlj.

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James Cowles

December 29, 2013  10:22am

I wonder if the people who are so eager to defend Mark Driscoll would react the same way if their son or daughter were kicked out of their college for, say, plagiarizing a large swath of their master's thesis or doctoral diss. I'd wager the parents would be outraged at their child for disgracing her/himself & squandering the money spent on an advanced degree. Yet when Mark Driscoll does it, he gets a pass or, at worst, a slap on the wrist. It seems that the first sentence of Mark Noll's book "The Scandal of the Evanglical Mind" still holds true roughly 30 years later.

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audrey ruth

December 11, 2013  8:00pm

Wow, Donna, do you think you can read minds too (a la' Mark Driscoll's claim)? FYI, it has not ever occurred to me to "try to force Mark Driscoll out of ministry" (as if I could). For me this was indeed about plagiarism, plus Mark definitely has some wacky and even unBiblical ideas, so maybe he should resign. But that's someone else's call, not mine, to make. There's no need for you to be so defensive for Mark's sake. As Jesus said, the fruit tells the story, and out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

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Mark Adams

December 11, 2013  10:15am

I think Pop Seal is pretty accurate in his assessment when he states "I wonder if any thought I now think or phrase I utter is original with me". With a Bible Institute degree, a B.S. degree in Bible, a 60 credit Master of Arts in Theological Studies and years of personal study I would be hard pressed to give credit where some of my ideas have come from. I believe that much of the concern when it comes to plagiarism is due to the desire for money by the "original" source rather than a desire for the truth to be proclaimed and souls to be blessed.

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Lois Tamara

December 10, 2013  10:38pm

I'm with Andy Crouch on this one. It's an idolatry problem. We pray in Jesus name, and quote verses with careful attribution, so why take credit for other things that are not ours to claim? For the glory. And the profit. Christian publishers are equally culpable - they know who the real authors are. Why aren't they held to any account for false marketing practices that feed the idolatry of celebrity pastors?

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