Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: Avoiding Plagiarism in Christian Writing and Speaking

Article 2002/2006
Tags: Plagiarism; Source attribution; Teaching; Preaching; Writing
This article first appeared in The Baptist Preacher, January/February 2002: 7-8.
Related Resources: The Minister and His Use of Information


Plagiarism is an ethical breach involving the misuse of others’ intellectual property. Instances of alleged plagiarism have discredited various Christian ministers and authors. Various style manuals provide guidelines for acknowledging direct quotation, paraphrasing, and other uses of sources. Preachers and teachers should adapt those guidelines to the context of verbal communication.

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