Tyndale House‘s response to the plagiarism accusations against Pastor Mark Driscoll was ridiculous.
As Warren Throckmorton points out — “Anti-Plagiarism Campaigner Says Mark Driscoll Did Not Adequately Cite The Work Of Peter Jones“.
We’ve learned a big lesson from evangelical Christianity here in the U.S.:
Ethical standards only apply to those who are too poor to spend their ways out of problems, or too unpopular to bluff their ways out of shame — never mind the love of money being the root of all evil.
Please join me in refusing to buy anything from Tyndale House until the company changes its editorial standards.
Please copy and paste this in a tweet, Facebook post, or any other social media or blog: “I refuse to buy anything from Tyndale House until its editorial standards improve.”
The goals and priorities of college students have changed in my lifetime, as demonstrated by the shift in the numbers for certain majors.
William Chace, former president of Wesleyan and Emory universities, writing in The American Scholar:
Here is how the numbers have changed from 1970/71 to 2003/04 (the last academic year with available figures):
English: from 7.6 percent of the majors to 3.9 percent
Foreign languages and literatures: from 2.5 percent to 1.3 percent
Philosophy and religious studies: from 0.9 percent to 0.7 percent
History: from 18.5 percent to 10.7 percent
Business: from 13.7 percent to 21.9 percent
Why does this matter? R. Howard Bloch, chair of the Humanities Program at Yale, offers a keen explanation in this article in Humanities magazine:
Humanists are specialists in an activity upon which we daily depend, consciously or not, in everything we do: the making and assessment of meaning. The making of such meaning shapes the world of the arts; it is the operating principle of politics and understandings of the law; it rules our religious belief; it lies at the core of higher education and the development and spread of new knowledge.