Canon Press Statement regarding the chair of the CREC Review Committee

“negligence and editorial incompetence”

Canon Press has investigated the charges of plagiarism and improper citation in A Justice Primer, and it is abundantly clear that editor and co-author, Randy Booth, plagiarized material in multiple instances from a number of different sources. Such negligence and editorial incompetence is a gross breach of contract and obviously does not meet Canon Press’s publishing standards. As such, we have discontinued the book, effective immediately. Refer to the author statements below for more information. We would like to specifically thank Rachel Miller for bringing this to our attention so we could take the necessary steps to immediately correct such a serious error.

Randy Booth’s “negligence and editorial incompetence” does not meet Canon Press’s standards. But it does meet CREC standards.


  1. Of *COURSE* Doug is going to throw Randy under the bus, because of *COURSE* he is. This is like a badly written episode of “Arrested Development.”

    1. If people like Doug Wilson didn’t exist, we’d have to invent them because you can’t buy this kind of entertainment. Nothing sells a Broadway show like a good villain.

  2. In an academic setting, Randy’s “carelessness” would be deemed completely unacceptable. And in an academic setting, the joint author of a paper would not get a pass, even if the other author/editor admitted to it.

    Randy’s explanation, if true, exposes what a joke NSA and Canon Press are for having such loose standards. And I wonder if Booth got any compensation for eating this much s#*+.

  3. Booth says the plagiarism wasn’t intentional. He submitted old sermons and notes from years ago, which had unattributed quotations. Interesting that he just now remembers that.

    Also interesting, and frankly unbelievable, is that Wilson just happened to co-author a book with another “unintentional” plagiarist. First Wilkins, now Booth.

    1. Concerning the “old sermon” excuse, my son, 17, and third year in college said,
      “Uh, shouldn’t he have cited in his sermons too?”
      See, they still teach good honest stuff at secular colleges.

  4. Many years ago Doug Wilson wrote a booklet called “How to Confess Your Sins.” It was published by Ransom Press in Moscow, Idaho. The copy I have does not have a copyright date.

    In it, he lists several “Ideas of Satan” to keep one from effectively confessing sins.

    “Tactic #7: They were mistakes, errors in judgment. This tactic is where someone seeks to avoid confession by calling sins by other names. Jezebel becomes Jessica. The term ‘sin’ has moral connotations. ‘Mistake’ or ‘error’ does not. … You need to face up to the fact that sin results in a true moral guilt before God… Confession is an admission of sin. Without that admission, forgiveness is impossible.”—“How to Confess Your Sins” by Douglas Wilson, Ransom Press, page 8.

    Now look at the statements issued by Randy Booth and Douglas Wilson after the recent plagiarism charge hit:

    “This is a mea culpa for the citation omissions….all the problems are mine…this is a serious mistake on my part.” — Randy Booth

    “I was disappointed to find out today that there are serious citation problems in “A Justice Primer.” – Doug Wilson.

    Neither Booth nor Wilson mentioned the word ‘sin.” Or the word “plagiarism.” Canon Press did, in a statement one assumes was by their editor. But they did not in their statements.

    And one is reminded again just how difficult it is, if not impossible, to get Doug Wilson to confess he has sinned. And Randy Booth, being a true disciple of Wilson’s, shows how much he has learned from his master.


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