I think I’ll stop using the word plagiarizing in Driscoll’s case because it’s just too unclear to him what he’s done. He needs plain speech. Mark Driscoll has stolen the intellectual property of yet another IVP Academic publication. Mark Driscoll is a thief. A common thief. Warren Throckmorton writes
Last week, I noted that a study guide on 1 & 2 Peter with Mark Driscoll’s name on it as the author improperly copied material from a publication by InterVarsity Press (seeIVP’s statement to Christianity Today). Driscoll (or someone) took the material from a report by the Docent Group. The Docent researcher provided footnotes and references but these were not carried over into the study guide titled Trial: 8 Witnesses From 1 & 2 Peter. See here and here for more on that matter.
Now, I have found a similar pattern within Driscoll’s recent book, Who Do You Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity in Christ. Prior to the publication of the Ephesians book, Docent Research Group produced a 290 page research report for Mars Hill Church which contains a “best hits” of materials relating to the New Testament book of Ephesians. Many sources are cited verbatim with footnotes and reference material provided, although as I point out, some of the sections are quite lengthy. I have found several sections in Driscoll’s book which borrow directly from the research report. Although I have not done a complete analysis, I can report that the same problems acknowledged by Mars Hill regarding the 1 & 2 Peter book show up in this book as well. Below are just two examples.
Take a look at them. I hope that IVP takes legal action against the thefts perpetrated by Driscoll.
- Publisher: Mark Driscoll Improperly Copied Paragraphs from Bible Commentary (christianitytoday.com)
- Andy Crouch’s Tragic Minimalization of the Very Serious Offense of Plagiarism (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- The Real Problem with Mark Driscoll’s ‘Citation Errors’ (christianitytoday.com)