I had almost forgotten about a little gem posted by a debate expert who holds a PhD (1998) in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas, with a focus in argumentation and debate. And, according to him, he also coached two Baylor University debate teams to national championships in 1987 and 1989. He logged onto SBC Tomorrow June, 2010 expressing not only his expert testimony concerning James White, but also his personal confidence in the man, James White. In fact, he initially wrote>>>
Stopping for a moment, consider: shouldn't that in itself end the discussion on whether White should continue masquerading around as possessing an academic doctorate when he does not have one? Not only defending his suspiciously obtained degree, but actually making it out to be superior to traditionally obtained academic degrees? According to this supposed expert, White doesn't need a doctorate to be a successful, top-notch vocational debater!*
After I acknowledged his expertise, I then asked him a question in light of James White's responses to me on the internet. He then went on to say,
I waited in hopes he'd come back and answer more in full on the other thread he'd examined for his conclusion. Alas, he did not.
This should be a wake-up to James White: you may be fresh soup in formal debates but you're more like burnt beans in other conversations. Perhaps you need to look in the mirror before uttering another word about others being driven by emotion rather than sober reason.
With that, I am...
*Honestly, this may touch on the actual point. JW perhaps possesses an inner need to be viewed as more than a debater; he needs to be viewed as a scholar. But in present academia circles, a PhD is the required union card for being taken seriously as a scholar