WordPress has been acting crazy all day for me.  I’m hoping to add better links to this post soon.  In the meantime, you might have to copy and paste the evidence into your browser.

Folks, I have a bit of a problem and I have to write about it here.  I offer this as a plea to Mars Hill: Please be responsible scholars.

For example, please cite your sources accurately and attribute quotes correctly.  For example, on your facebook page you recently attributed a quote to Mark Driscoll that should have been attributed to St. Augustine.  Now don’t get me wrong, please.  I respect Mark Driscoll, but he’s no Augustine.  The quote in question can be found here.  http://www.facebook.com/marshillchurch/posts/476397962386160

Overall, Mark and Mars Hill are fairly good at citing sources, but this isn’t an isolated incident.  Mark recently tweeted “Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.”  Nice quote, but not Mark Driscoll.  Its CS Lewis. https://twitter.com/PastorMark/status/210034178920677377

Yeah, it can be a bit tough to attribute quotes sometimes, and I get that.  Mark probably heard the CS Lewis quote and just thought it was a nice quote and couldn’t remember where he heard it.  Furthermore, it can be tough to fit quotes into twitter because of the character limit.  But it isn’t just in facebook quotes and tweets.  A recent blog post takes the cake as far as lazy scholarship goes.

In a post titled Scandal! Ex-Nun Marries Former Priest, Pastor Mark had this to say:

Among the readers of Luther’s booklet were Katherine and the other nuns in her convent. They longed to escape, marry, and become mothers. So they wrote to Luther, asking the renegade monk to help them escape. To do so was an offense punishable by death. http://pastormark.tv/2012/01/24/scandal-ex-nun-marries-former-priest

A couple of things about that bold part.  First of all, I spend a lot of time defending the Catholic faith on the internet and elsewhere, and I’ve never heard anyone claim that before.  It seems like if it were true, I would have had it thrown in my face by now and I haven’t.  It also seems to me like we’d have a lot murdered nuns throughout history.

True, there was a penalty for apostate nuns, but looks to me like the penalty was excommunication – not death.  Catholic Encyclopedia: 

In the case of an apostate nun who leaves a convent enjoying pontifical cloister, she incurs the excommunication reserved simpliciter to the Sovereign Pontiff [Constitution Apostolicæ Sedis, n° 6. See Vermeersch, “De religiosis institutis et personis.”


So perhaps Mark’s claim is true.  I’ve never heard it before, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.  If it is true, however, he owes it to his readers to supply some evidence.


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