Driscoll’s Plagiarism Controversy


While one Christian publisher has defended duplicate content found in one of Mark Driscoll’s books, another publisher tells CT that its material “improperly appeared without quotation or attribution.” In turn, the Seattle megapastor’s Mars Hill Church has attributed the “citation errors” to a research assistant.

Plagiarism accusations levied (and later apologized for) by radio host Janet Mefferd against Driscoll first focused on material found in A Call to Resurgence (Tyndale House Publishers), but later expanded to include overlapping paragraphs between Driscoll’s Trial: 8 Witnesses From 1 & 2 Peter and InterVarsity Press’s New Bible Commentary, edited by D. A. Carson and three others. (While most commentators have connected IVP’s 1 Peter chapter to Carson, it was actually written by David H. Wheaton, a vicar in London.)

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