James White

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"Dr" James Robert White (1962–) is a Baptist and Calvinist theologian and debater based in Phoenix, Arizona, he runs Alpha and Omega Ministries. He is not only famous in Calvinist circles for his debates against Muslims, Mormons and Catholics but is also often derided for his "doctorate" outside of said circles.

Avid debater[edit]

James White is a very avid debater and also known in Calvinist circles for his debates against basically everybody who doesn't fully subscribe to his view from Muslims and Mormons to atheists, Roman Catholics and Christians that don't think the Bible is infallible. [1]

Unaccreditated PhD[edit]

White possesses a PhD degree from Columbia Evangelical Seminary, seen by critics as a diploma mill, but insists he is a legitimate doctor. White claims the Seminary was "too young" to be accredited, but if that is the case wouldn't an insistence on being called "doctor" damage his own credibility? Calling oneself a doctor without holding a legitimate PhD doesn't help. Though apparently White is currently working on a legitimate PhD at a South African university.[2][3]

Catholic apologist Jimmy Akin stated that he "[does] not think that this title should be given to White", noting that a lack of accreditation is a sign that a school "has not met the academic standards needed."[4] In July 1998, when Mormon apologist Gary Novak visited the site to take pictures, Columbia Evangelical Seminary was operated out of a small administrative office with no campus.[5][6]


James White is apparently a Young Earth Creationist and a big fan of Jason Lisle, calling him one of the most brilliant people he knows.[7][8] At the risk of sounding petulant, if that's true we might suggest he widen his circle of friends.

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