Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Warren Throckmorton--Crossway investigating Mark Driscoll books, NavPress has begun private conversation with Mars Hill regarding book situation

His most recent post includes a variety of links that may interest you.

Now NavPress is getting involved.
This update was posted yesterday on Becky Garrison’s article published by Religion Dispatches:
We [NavPress] have chosen to respond to Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church directly and will keep the conversation private among both parties.
There is no indication what the conversation is about but I can guess that it involves the use of Dan Allender’s work from The Wounded Heart (published by NavPress)  in two of Driscoll’s books, Real Marriage and Death By Love.

Recently, Crossway indicated that they were investigating their books written by Driscoll to ensure proper citation and documentation.

Elsewhere, according to Seattle’s The Stranger Blog (SLOG), Driscoll put out a private statement to Mars Hill members about two weeks ago with what appears to be a vague reference to the plagiarism/ghostwriting controversy. However, there is no apology for any wrongdoing, rather the apology is for “concern” caused to congregation.  This statement to Mars Hill references the Tyndale press release where Driscoll said, “mistakes were made.”

There's a few things that could be said about this but for now linking with citation will suffice.  Okay, let's say this (again) it's amazing that nobody caught the overlap between Driscoll and Allender in 2012 when Real Marriage came out.  I wasn't aware of the overlap until I finally read the Driscoll book in the summer of 2012 and the moment I saw the Good Girl, Tough Girl and Party Girl in chapter 7 I instantly recognized them from the Dan Allender book I picked up, not coincidentally, from Mars Hill Church after a service somewhere around 2006.  Mars Hill Church was selling The Wounded Heart at its campuses. 

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