As we recently reported, Christian talkshow host and journalist, Janet Mefferd, removed documents which appeared to show plagiarism by controversial pastor and Young, Restless, and Reformed icon, Mark Driscoll. Earlier Mefferd had pressed Driscoll in an interview to explain why he apparently used material from Reformed theologian, Peter Jones, without properly citing his material.
In response, Tyndale House Publishers issued a clear statement absolving Driscoll of any hint of plagiarism stating "we feel confident that the content in question has been properly cited in the printed book and conforms to market standards." Consequently, Mefferd withdrew her suggestion, pulled the evidence she assembled from her site, and apologized to Tyndale, Driscoll, and her listening audience.
Unlike Tyndale House, InterVarsity Press (IVP) is evidently not so sure Driscoll "conforms to market standards" of appropriate sourcing as claimed by Tyndale House in its investigation In a statement to Christianity Today (CT), IVP notes a comparison between text in one of its best-selling volumes with text from another book authored by Mark Driscoll reveals enough to warrant official response from Driscoll:
Several paragraphs from the New Bible Commentary edited by G. J. Wenham, J. A. Motyer, D. A. Carson and R. T. France published by InterVarsity Press appear in Mark Driscoll's now out of print book Trial: 8 Witnesses From 1 & 2 Peter. These improperly appeared without quotation or attribution. With proper citation the material would have been a case of fair use.
The continuing dramas in the evangelical community of faith become more and more heart-breaking.