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Congregations might also be more willing to forgive a pastor who has plagiarized than they might have been in the past, said Ron Cook, a professor at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary who has served on the board of directors of the Baptist Center for Ethics.
"Not giving credit is not stigmatized as much as it was a quarter-century or even a decade ago," Cook said. "In some cases I’ve known in recent years, the congregations are more willing to give their pastor a second chance."
Greg Horton contributed to this article.
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