In this era of intense scrutiny, the media pounce on every celebrity misstep. Up to this point in his long career, Christian scholar and author Martin Marty had beaten the odds. His run of good luck came to an end last week, however, when it was revealed that Marty had duped the public for years by publishing material he knew to be false.
Marty has produced more than 50 books and 5,000 articles, many of them focused on the role of religion in public life. Yet of all his writings, none have had a more lasting impact on scholarship than his reports of zany mistakes in worship bulletins and church newsletters. Now Marty has been accused of making up the typographical errors and other miscues he often includes in his regular column in the Christian Century.