Now it turns out, Mr. Walsch has plagiarized an article posted on his beliefnet.com blog (again, no link; don’t waste your time). He changed the first paragraph (to reflect that he “vividly remembered” the incident) but after that the whole article is apparently a verbatim copy of a piece that was published ten years ago and has not only been reprinted in Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul (again no link) but has been available online for the last ten years.
I wonder why bothered to apologize. If he is channeling God, couldn’t God have channeled a rerun just for him? Or better yet, why didn’t God converse with him to tell him that what he was doing was wrong (or at least, “vividly remembering” something that actually happened to someone else). Anyway, here’s the story in the NYT:
Here’s a thoughtful little piece from Stand to Reason that addresses the underlying philopshy of books like this: Kiss of God and Conversations with God: Best-selling Deceptive Ideas
By the way, snopes.com, an urban legend website, has a page dedicated to an email that has circulated about the book and they claim (as of today) that their research is in progress. I’m not confident that they’ll give the Bible truth about it. You can read the email here: Conversations with God. You can’t copy the email from their window because they don’t allow you to do that. (Their work is so important, you know. The NYT can publish military anti-terrorism plans but God forbid that the information from snopes be cut-and-pasted.)