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Another day, another publisher investigates @PastorMark

Warren Throckmorton points out on his blog, that Crossway is investigating charges about Driscoll’s plagiarism while pointing us to an article on Religion Dispatches:

In an email exchange, Crossway stated, “We are in touch with Mars Hill and are conducting an internal review to ensure that our books published by Mark Driscoll have proper citation and documentation.” So far, NavPress, publisher of Wounded Heart, has not issued a response regarding Driscoll’s use of that book without proper citation, nor has Thomas Nelson commented about these latest allegations of plagiarism committed by its #1 New York Times bestselling author, and why it appears to have failed to fact check Driscoll’s books prior to publication.

via Will Christian Publishers Stand Behind Mars Hill’s Sketchy Legacy? | Culture | Religion Dispatches.

And yet, Tyndale House refuses to budge. Sure, at one time, it may have been a money issue, but now it  appears to be a pride issue. And you know what follows pride…

Both articles are necessary to understand just how silly and unChristian it is that Tyndale continues to stand behind a guy who lies, steals, and throws his friends under the bus.

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@tyndalehouse’s “nuanced” “mistake” about Janet Mefferd’s apology

In the press release regarding Mark Driscoll’s “mistakes,” Tyndale says:

In the days following the interview, the talk show host posted on her blog further allegations of plagiarism against Pastor Driscoll, complete with screenshots of other books where she alleged he had committed plagiarism. She later removed all of those posts and issued a public apology.

Um, that’s a lie/half-truth/oh-bless-their-heart…

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This was posted a few minutes ago by Ms. Mefferd. She, unlike Tyndale, is telling the truth. She originally said:

I should have contacted Tyndale House directly to alert them to the plagiarism issue.

She has yet to withdraw her charges of plagarism. Further, it appears Jones has had his say as well:

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Tyndale can speak in nuances but this appears to be a trick right out of Driscoll’s play book.

Farewell, @tyndalehouse.

Tyndale House is standing behind Mark Driscoll even though more allegations of plagiarism are surfacing.

They are hiding behind nuances and attempting to shame those who see through this facade:

“To his credit, Mark Driscoll has moved quickly to make all necessary changes where mistakes were made in the study guide” said Ron Beers, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher for Tyndale. “Moreover, he has assured us that he has personally spoken with the primary editor of a commentary that was inadvertently used in the study guide without adequate citation, and all parties spoken to have told Pastor Driscoll that they are satisfied with the steps he has taken to correct the errors. Because of the biblical manner in which Pastor Driscoll has handled this situation, Tyndale strongly stands behind him and looks forward to publishing many additional books with him. Tyndale believes that Mark Driscoll has provided a significant call to Christians to unite together in translating the message of Jesus faithfully to a post-Christian culture, to proclaim clearly, loudly, and unashamedly the Good News of Jesus.”

And…

While there are many nuanced definitions of plagiarism, most definitions agree that plagiarism is a writer’s deliberate use of someone’s words or ideas, and claiming them as their own with no intent to provide credit to the original source.

14 pages? That’s not deliberate?

What definitions include deliberate attempt? The fact is, is that it is not just once… But now more and more and more. That is a pattern. Princeton’s definitions point to responsibility, not motivation.

I’ll update this post later… As my nerves settle.

Academic Integrity, Paraphrasing Plagiarism according to Princeton University (@pastormark @tyndalehouse)

Part of the issue is this idea of “market standard.” Is “market standard” less than an academic standard? I doubt it because academics participate in the marketplace as well and will generally set the market standard.

Remember, the original charge was that Driscoll plagiarized by paraphrasing 14 pages of Peter Jones’s work.

14 pages.

After reviewing the material and the charges, I, as an academic grader, would cite the example below and fail Driscoll.

From Princeton University:

Original source (text)

From time to time this submerged or latent theater in Hamlet becomes almost overt. It is close to the surface in Hamlet’s pretense of madness, the “antic disposition” he puts on to protect himself and prevent his antagonists from plucking out the heart of his mystery. It is even closer to the surface when Hamlet enters his mother’s room and holds up, side by side, the pictures of the two kings, Old Hamlet and Claudius, and proceeds to describe for her the true nature of the choice she has made, presenting truth by means of a show. Similarly, when he leaps into the open grave at Ophelia’s funeral, ranting in high heroic terms, he is acting out for Laertes, and perhaps for himself as well, the folly of excessive, melodramatic expressions of grief.

Paraphrasing the text while maintaining the basic paragraph and sentence structure

Almost all of Shakespeare’s Hamlet can be understood as a play about acting and the theater. For example, in Act 1, Hamlet pretends to be insane in order to make sure his enemies do not discover his mission to revenge his father’s murder. The theme is even more obvious when Hamlet compares the pictures of his mother’s two husbands to show her what a bad choice she has made, using their images to reveal the truth. Also, when he jumps into Ophelia’s grave, hurling his challenge to Laertes, Hamlet demonstrates the foolishness of exaggerated expressions of emotion.

Comment for example 3

Almost nothing of Kernan’s original language remains in this rewritten paragraph. However, the key idea, the choice and order of the examples, and even the basic structure of the original sentences are all taken from the source. This is another clear example of plagiarism. When paraphrasing, it’s absolutely necessary (1) to use your own words and structure, and (2) to place a citation at the end of the paraphrase to acknowledge that the content is not original.

via Examples of Plagiarism – Academic Integrity at Princeton University.

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Um, @johnpiper calls out @pastormark and @tyndalehouse over plagiarism

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Wow…