Syndicated Christian radio host Janet Mefferd accused Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll of plagiarism on her Nov. 21 broadcast. Mefferd claimed that Driscoll quoted extensively from the work of Dr. Peter Jones for at least 14 pages in his book, A Call to Resurgence, without direct or proper citation.
‚ÄúIn this book,‚ÄĚ Driscoll responded, ‚ÄúI took [Jones‚Äô] big idea and worked it out through the cultural implications but I wasn‚Äôt working specifically from his text.‚ÄĚ
Peter Jones is an author and adjunct professor at Westminister Seminary California whose areas of interest include ‚Äúancient and medieval paganism.‚ÄĚ Driscoll said that most of what he‚Äôs learned from Dr. Jones was acquired in conversations over meals where Driscoll was not taking notes.
‚ÄúDon‚Äôt you think that it‚Äôs important when you‚Äôre using someone else‚Äôs materials that you footnote the person?‚ÄĚ Mefferd pressed....
If you have occasion to read quotes from Driscoll's book Confessions of a Reformission Rev it is obvious Driscoll has no fear of God. He is a blasphemer, a wolf in sheep's clothing. Avoid him. There are much better teachers around. Don't waste your time with Driscoll.
"With dozens of unattributed quotes lifted directly (not just paraphrased) from Dr. Jones, Driscoll's heading into a legal and PR nightmare for the Reformed world. Calvinist Doug Phillips was taken out first and now Mark Driscoll." I think the good Lord's Word will stand firm regardless how many stray...
With dozens of unattributed quotes lifted directly (not just paraphrased) from Dr. Jones, Driscoll's heading into a legal and PR nightmare for the Reformed world. Calvinist Doug Phillips was taken out first and now Mark Driscoll.
This is a bit disheartening. The devil is working overtime to create a wedge between believers. I think Ms. Mefferd, as the article points out, was wrong in her accusations and claims that Driscoll hung up on her (which the raw recording proved he did not). With that said, Driscoll himself has not been a humble servant himself, in my view, when it comes to his saturated presence everywhere. He's like the Christian Ryan Seacrest...every time I turn my head he is in the news. Humility is needed for all Christians, but needs to be prayfully and constantly pursued by those in the public arena.