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  • Moral Implications of Christian Authors Using Ghostwriters

    I was just thinking about this the other day....

    Does anyone have any sort of feelings on Christian authors / pastors using 'ghostwriters', and then claiming authorship?

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    I think it would be clearly problematic if there weren't an agreement between that author and the ghost writer. I see your point, though, and maybe I need some clarification. If the work is mostly the ghost writer's, and independent of the Pastor's expertise, knowledge, experience, etc, I'd see a problem. However, I've actually done some ghost writing myself (nothing "big time") for others, and I'm basically just putting into words what they have difficulty expressing.
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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    • #3
      It's what some of the early apostles did.
      "I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole, it was like... we had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment." - Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State (source).

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      • #4
        As long as the assistance of a professional writer ia fully acknowledged then it is considered ethical and it is not "ghost" writing since the writer is known and not a "ghost". The need for acknowledgement and full disclosure has been an evolving ethical requirement in publishing over the past 15 years. Previously, this was less of an issue.
        βλέπομεν γὰρ ἄρτι δι᾿ ἐσόπτρου ἐν αἰνίγματι, τότε δὲ πρόσωπον πρὸς πρόσωπον·
        ἄρτι γινώσκω ἐκ μέρους, τότε δὲ ἐπιγνώσομαι καθὼς καὶ ἐπεγνώσθην.

        אָכֵ֕ן אַתָּ֖ה אֵ֣ל מִסְתַּתֵּ֑ר אֱלֹהֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל מוֹשִֽׁיעַ׃

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        • #5
          That brings up the question I was not so effectively addressing.

          Phat, Are there "Christian Authors" you know who conceal the fact that they used a "ghost writer"? I just checked a number of books in my library, and there seems to be a pretty common "in appreciation..." comment in the forward, or on the flyleaf, or something....

          Can you give an example of what you would consider an offense?

          Thanks
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          • #6
            I'll have to give my ghostwriter credit someday...
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            • #7
              Originally posted by seanD View Post
              It's what some of the early apostles did.

              I have heard this asserted several times before (though also disputed). If true, it would certainly make it difficult to demonstrate moral difficulty with the same practice today, especially as it is widely accepted (as robrecht points out).

              I do not think this extends to academic work. Plagiarizing or hiring somebody else to write your dissertation is clearly wrong.
              "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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              • #8
                Originally posted by KingsGambit View Post
                I do not think this extends to academic work. Plagiarizing or hiring somebody else to write your dissertation is clearly wrong.
                Yeah, and with the web tools Academia has at their disposal, "be sure your sins will find you out".
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
                  Yeah, and with the web tools Academia has at their disposal, "be sure your sins will find you out".
                  Even Martin Luther King, Jr. got caught doing it.
                  "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by KingsGambit View Post
                    I have heard this asserted several times before (though also disputed). If true, it would certainly make it difficult to demonstrate moral difficulty with the same practice today, especially as it is widely accepted (as robrecht points out).
                    It is well-nigh undisputed that Paul used an amenuensis to write at least some of his letters. Depending on their working relationship, the scribe could more or less be trusted to put into writing the words Paul was speaking without verbatim taking down what he said.
                    I do not think this extends to academic work. Plagiarizing or hiring somebody else to write your dissertation is clearly wrong.
                    Right. Your dissertation is not just graded on your research, but how well you are able to communicate your findings.
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                    • #11
                      Cow Poke ghost writes all of my posts.

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                      • #12
                        I ghost write all of Sparko's posts, but he would never admit that!
                        "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                        • #13
                          Cow Poke is the humblest, most lovable person in Texas. And his dog Jake too.

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                          • #14
                            I actually put my name in the hat for "most humblest human ever". I should be a shoe-in!
                            "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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                            • #15
                              The only problem is that the hat belongs to a pirate.

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