George Grant is pastor of Parish Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Franklin, Tennessee. He founded Franklin Classical School, where he “continues as President, Founder, and Humanities teacher”; and he founded New College Franklin.1 Both schools appear to be clones of Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, and New St. Andrews College; and both schools are affiliated with the Association of Classical & Christian Schools (ACCS), which is one of two primary marketing bases for Veritas Press to sell its Omnibus textbooks (homeschoolers being the other). George Grant also sits as a director ex officio on the ACCS board of directors along with Pastor Douglas Wilson of Christ Church, Moscow. Mr. Wilson’s co-editor, G. Tyler Fischer, currently serves as chairman of the board of directors for the ACCS.
Presumably George Grant led the push to confer legal accreditation authority on the ACCS for church-related schools in Tennessee. The state senator who wrote the bill never heard of Douglas Wilson, which leaves Mr. Grant as the only other ACCS director with an interest in spreading the ACCS’s reach in Tennessee.
According to Wikipedia, George Grant has authored or co-authored sixty books, though no one knows how much of his work is original. George Grant is one of several Omnibus contributors who adheres to theonomy,2 which is a theological system that calls on society to institute the Mosaic law. In 1987 George Grant wrote the book The Changing of the Guard: Biblical Blueprints for Political Action for theonomic publisher Dominion Press. Consider this excerpt:
Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ — to have dominion in the civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness.
But it is dominion that we are after. Not just a voice.
It is dominion we are after. Not just influence.
It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time.
It is dominion we are after.
World conquest. That’s what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish. We must win the world with the power of the Gospel. And we must never settle for anything less.
If Jesus Christ is indeed Lord, as the Bible says, and if our commission is to bring the land into subjection to His Lordship, as the Bible says, then all our activities, all our witnessing, all our preaching, all our craftsmanship, all our stewardship, and all our political action will aim at nothing short of that sacred purpose.
Thus, Christian politics has as its primary intent the conquest of the land — of men, families, institutions, bureaucracies, courts, and governments for the Kingdom of Christ. It is to reinstitute the authority of God’s Word as supreme over all judgments, over all legislation, over all declarations, constitutions, and confederations. (The Changing of the Guard: Biblical Blueprints for Political Action [Fort Worth, TX: Dominion Press, 1987], 50, 51).
In 1993 George Grant co-wrote the book Legislating Immorality: The Homosexual Movement Comes Out of the Closet (Moody Press). Upon finishing this work, both authors claimed it “involved the fiercest spiritual warfare that either of us has ever experienced.”3 The book apparently calls for the execution of homosexuals,4 which is a doctrinal position consistent with the theonomy movement as a whole, including Doug Wilson’s written opinions.
In 2005 George Grant contributed an article titled “The Song of Roland” to Omnibus Volume II: Church Fathers through the Reformation (eds. Douglas Wilson & Tyler Fisher), which is published by Veritas Press. However, as Rachel Miller has demonstrated, Mr. Grant filched the primary content of his essay from two sources: SparkNotes & two different GradeSaver pages. And George Grant’s plagiarism in this case rules out the possibility that Doug Wilson’s three explanations could account for the fraud:
- It did not occur “in captions and inserts, which were included in the textbook in the production process, after the edited manuscripts were submitted and edited.” The plagiarized text appears up & down throughout the body text of the essay.
- Mr. Grant’s plagiarism was not “prone to false positives,” because he did not limit himself to an elementary historical fact such as “America was discovered in 1492 by Columbus.” George Grant ripped expert text like this:
“The Song of Roland . . . consists of roughly 4,000 lines of verse, divided into 298 poetic units, each of which is called a laisse . . . these laisses are irregular in length, averaging . . . under fourteen lines; the lines are mostly decasyllabic . . . and are connected by . . . assonance.”
- And since Mr. Grant lifted his content from non-open source sites, then it was not possible that he plagiarized from an “Omnibus graduate.”
George Grant committed textbook plagiarism:
1 New College Franklin’s plagiarism policy:
New College Franklin students are expected to complete their studies with diligence and integrity (Eph. 5:8–17), willingly seeking to learn and complete whatever is true, honorable and just (Phil. 4:8–9). Students are expected to be truthful and honest in all areas of the college life. Dishonesty, alteration of documents, plagiarism, misrepresentation or misappropriation of any sort, intentional or otherwise, may be grounds for disciplinary action by the instructor and the administration. These offenses may be grounds for dismissal from New College Franklin. (New Franklin College Catalogue, 2009–2011)
2 The list of theonomic plagiarizers who contributed to the Omnibus includes Randy Booth, George Grant, Benjamin Merkle (president of New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho), Douglas Wilson, and Steve Wilkins.
3 Quoted in Didi Herman, The Antigay Agenda: Orthodox Vision and the Christian Right (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1997), 65.
4 “In his 1993 book Legislating Immorality (co-authored by Mark Horne), Grant advocates the death penalty for gays, saying ‘[t]here is no such option for homosexual offenses’ except capital punishment (pp. 186–87).” (Dr. Dale Graden, December 27–28 Moscow-Pullman Daily News op-ed, “Coalition says conference undermines diversity.”