Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Plagiarism & Ghostwriting in Christian Publishing

In this Christianity Today article ("The Real Problem with Mark Driscoll's 'Citation Errors'"), Andy Crouch tries hard to give the popular evangelical preacher/author a pass on the unavoidable fact of Driscoll's plagiarism.

But he does hit Driscoll hard for the sordid practice (quite common among celebrities, including celebrity preachers) of hiring ghostwriters to do work that is then passed off to the public as their own.

It's a blatant deception that the publishers go right along with. Indeed, the publishers are usually the stimulants to the practice. You got a name? You got a following? Hey, let's use it to make some money!

Again, I can't agree with Crouch's somewhat nonchalant attitude towards plagiarism. But I certainly do applaud him for seriously condemning the practice of ghostwriting.

Check it out.