by C. Michael PattonDecember 3rd, 2010 1 Comment
Randy Alcorn takes Christian leaders and organization to task for their dishonesty. Among other things, he talks about Christian “ghostwriting.” This is the process of having a book written with another person’s name on it. Concerning this he says:
I believe Christian ghostwriting is a scandal waiting to explode. If we in the Christian community don’t clean up our act soon, we’re going to face widespread loss of credibility. What a tragedy if 60 Minutes were to expose this practice we should never have tolerated. Can’t you see Steve Kroft or Ed Bradley holding up a book and asking well-known Christian authors, “Did you really write this book?” Envision the neatly edited scenes of embarrassment, head-hanging, evasions, rationalizations, and reports that “so-and-so author and publisher wouldn’t return our calls.”
This could be a major setback for Christian publishers and authors at the very time Christian books have made unprecedented inroads into the mainstream culture. We need to confess, repent of, and change our policies—and stop being driven by money-love and ego building.
If we’re not telling the truth about who wrote the book—on the cover, in large print—why should people believe what we say inside the book, in small print?
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