Missler Caught Plagiarizing


Chuck Missler is a Christian right rock star, a former Navy officer and corporate executive turned evangelist. He founded Koinonia House and has published a huge number of books about the Bible. Discernment Research Group, a Christian organization that tracks what it considers heretical Christians, has now caught him dead to rights plagiarizing another author. And the punchline is that he plagiarized a New Age author named Michael Talbot.

In his 1999 book Cosmic Codes, Missler copies whole paragraphs verbatim from Talbot’s 1991 book The Holographic Universe. Two blatant examples:

EXHIBIT #1:

TALBOT, pg. 1: “In the movie Star Wars, Luke Skywalker’s adventure begins when a beam of light shoots out of the robot Artoo Detoo and projects a miniature three-dimensional image of Princess Leia. Luke watches spellbound as the ghostly sculpture of light begs for someone named Obi-wan Kenobi to come to her assistance. The image is a hologram, a three-dimensional picture made with the aid of a laser….” [Ed. Note: Talbot gave credit for this opening paragraph to ‘Kerry Brace’ on his acknowledgment page xii.]

MISSLER, pg. 309: “In the movie Star Wars, Luke Skywalker’s adventure begins when a beam of light shoots out of the robot R2D2 (‘Artoo Detoo’) and projects a miniature three-dimensional image of Princess Leia. Luke watches spellbound as the ghostly sculpture of light begs for someone named Obi-wan Kenobi to come to her assistance. The image is a hologram, a three-dimensional picture made with the aid of a laser….”

EXHIBIT #2

TALBOT, pg. 1: “…there is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it–from snowflakes to maple trees to falling stars and spinning electrons–are also only ghostly images, projections from a level of reality so beyond our own it is literally beyond both space and time.”

MISSLER, pg. 338: “…there is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it are also only ghostly images, projections from a level of reality so beyond our own it is literally beyond both space and time.”

That isn’t just an honest mistake, that’s a direct cut and paste. Another Christian fraud is exposed.

Comments

  1. raven says

    Bible. Discernment Research Group, a Christian organization that tracks what it considers heretical Christians,…

    A common xian pastime.

    Determining who is a True Xian and who is a Fake Xian.

    It never goes anywhere. All xian sects are heretics. To each other anyway.

  2. says

    I’m not sure what’s more laughable: the fact that he plagirized with so little thought of his own, or the fact that he plagirized such totally empty new-age horseshit. If you really can’t make up better crap than this, then writing is not the career for you.

    And the fact that he was caught by a heresy-watching group only shows that no one else was reading his BS at all. A plagirist whom no one reads, caught by an organization that couldn’t find anything more relevant to read. Who says rigid doctrinaire Christians can’t do irony?

  3. says

    Unless Missler’s plagiarism is splashed on every front page and news broadcast in language that idiots understand, he has nothing to worry about. He’ll keep on keepin’ on just like every other lying fraud that ever pounded a bible.

  4. jamessweet says

    Wow, the sad part is that it would have been so easy to just re-write those two paragraphs in his own words. What is even the point of this kind of plagiarism???

  5. says

    Since coming to the USA 20 years ago, it’s been confirmed to me time and again that most conservative Christians are as superstitious as the most ardent New Age spiritualist. Instead of dismissing witchcraft, crystal healing, etc. as nonsense (which is what my church in back in the UK used to do when I was growing up) they believe it’s all real, the only difference being that it’s “of Satan” rather than being good or neutral in nature.

    So it’s not at all surprising that Missler would so liberally lift stuff from a book that is so blatantly New Age in nature.

    BTW: Even though I don’t buy Talbot’s thesis for one second. there is an argument to be made that we could be living in some kind of holographic or virtual universe. After all, if there is at least one advanced technological civilization in the Universe that has the technology to make such a thing possible, they could have created any number of seamless virtual realities (for research or entertainment purposes?) with it, meaning that there could be millions, perhaps billions of holographic universes whereas there is only one real universe. If true, then what are the odds that we are in the only real one?

  6. says

    Wow, the sad part is that it would have been so easy to just re-write those two paragraphs in his own words. What is even the point of this kind of plagiarism??

    (It’s a lot more than two paragraphs, by the way.)

    Laziness combined with the slap-dash conclusion that none of his target audience is going to make the connection (one that he doesn’t want them to make)?

  7. says

    “…there is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it–from snowflakes to maple trees to falling stars and spinning electrons–are also only ghostly images, projections from a level of reality so beyond our own it is literally beyond both space and time.”

    And this level of reality from which we emanate is… Artoo Detoo? So that means we’re all just Artoo’s dreams?

    Is this like that interpretation of St. Elsewhere and Homicide: Life on the Streets that results in Green Acres, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cheers, and like a gajillion other TV shows all existing in the same universe, which exists only as a dream of an autistic child? (With the exception that See-Threepio is actually the autistic one…)

    All of which is actually still more plausible than anything in Christianity or new age religion.

  8. says

    D’oh! That’s what I get for not hitting “preview” first. My comment begins in the second paragraph above.

  9. DaveL says

    The whole “holographic universe” idea is a real concept in physics. It’s based on the observation that the amount of mass/energy and therefore information that you can cram into a given sphere without it collapsing into a black hole is proportional to its area, rather than its volume. This is analogous to the use of holographic film to encode a three-dimensional image on a two-dimensional surface.

  10. exdrone says

    Reginald Selkirk @2: That video seemed to be a mixed-up nut commenting on a jar of mixed-up nuts.

  11. exdrone says

    Plagiarism is very common in the creationism apologist community. If you make a pro-evolution argument on a creationist blog, you often get a long, detailed response, which if you Google it, you will find copied-and-pasted across numerous blogs over many years, even though the response has already been debunked.

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