Is Dale Partridge a Plagiarist?

by Dale Partridge

Recently, I had a liberal journalist call me a Plagiarist on social media so I thought I would address her claim here. In the past, I engaged in plagiarism. Before I found faith in Christ, specifically between 2010 and 2014, I would thoughtlessly share tweets and social media posts without acknowledging the original source, giving people the impression that their words were mine.

Although I stopped this blatant form of plagiarism after my conversion in late 2014, I struggled with more subtle forms of plagiarism until 2018-2019. Primarily due to the fast-paced nature of creating online content, I would read books, articles, and other materials and unintentionally reproduce short phrases without proper citation or add a sentence into a podcast from my research notes without mentioning the source. Unfortunately, I failed to exercise vigilance and careful control over my words during that time. I deeply regret my actions, as they were sinful, and I’m grateful that the Lord humiliated me across social media to eliminate this ungodly behavior.

I did publicly and locally repent for this sin in 2014 and again in 2019. Since then, I have made significant changes to my publishing process to ensure proper citations, multiple rounds of third-party editing (especially for books), and the use of plagiarism detection software to catch any unintentional plagiarism. At this point, I am fully committed to being exceedingly cautious with my words, as I do not want to give anyone a reason to doubt or question the authenticity of the Gospel of Christ that I wholeheartedly preach.

Dale Partridge is the President of and holds a Graduate Certificate from Western Seminary. He is the author of several Christian books, including “The Manliness of Christ” and the bestselling children’s book “Jesus and My Gender.” He is also the host of the Real Christianity podcast and the lead pastor at King's Way Bible Church in Prescott, Arizona.

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