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Mark Driscoll Responds to Plagiarism Accusations

BY RELEVANT CULTURE November 27, 2013

Mars Hill pastor and author Mark Driscoll is being accused of lifting several portions of his book A Call to Resurgence without properly crediting the works’ original author. Christian radio show host Janet Mefferd recently had Driscoll on her broadcast, and pointed out the writings that appeared to have been directly lifted from other sources without correctly crediting author Dr Peter Jones. Mefferd later posted images of the writings in question on her website. Driscoll, who says that he is a friend of Dr. Jones and mentions him in the book’s footnotes, said it was possible that a mistake was made, but was clearly surprised by the accusations. (You can listen to the interview here.) He also claimed that nothing improper was done intentionally, as the interview’s tone became increasingly confrontational.

Following the interview, Mefferd tweeted that Driscoll hung up on her because of the questioning, though a raw audio file showed that Driscoll did not hang up on the host during the interview. In response to the radio appearance and accusations, Driscoll’s publisher issued a statement saying, “Tyndale House Publishers was provided a recording of the show by representatives of Pastor Driscoll. A number of people at Tyndale reviewed the tape and were stunned, not only by the accusations, but by the belligerent tone of Ms. Mefferd’s questioning … Tyndale has taken immediate steps as in the process of reviewing the section of Pastor Driscoll’s book that has been called into question. Pastor Driscoll has also reached out to Mr. Jones and we expect to be able to release some information on his reaction to the interview very soon” …

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