Tipping Point Proclamation

Whereas it is a common and salutary practice for writers of biblical scholarship to thank those who helped them with an article or book, and

Whereas it is also common for said writers to add at the end of their thank-yous something like, “Any faults are of course my own,” and

Whereas I have reached a tipping point with such disclaimers, and

Whereas such disclaimers were probably not necessary in the first place because everyone already knew that your faults were your own and that no one agrees with you 100%,

Be it therefore resolved that no biblical scholars need add any disclaimers to their thank-yous, whether in book prefaces or journal article footnotes.

Mark L. Ward, Jr.
Taylors, South Carolina
December 18, 2010

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.


  1. Jeremy Patterson on December 20, 2010 at 9:17 am

    So what about your dissertation?

  2. Mark L Ward Jr on December 20, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Yeah, in that case the errors in my dissertation are indeed someone else’s fault, I’m sure… But how do I say that in the acknowledgments? That would be awkward.


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