FINAL FINAL UPDATE (I promise): Go here to get it.
FINAL UPDATE (I hope): Facebook and Twitter is chattering about James White's reluctance to correct the public record that he does not teach at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. If White does not perceive how his never-ending crusade against other's credibility is definitively marred by his own apparent lack of concern for forthrightness, then little hope exists his apologetic ministry will have any meaningful future. Some are already suggesting a letter-writing campaign to officials of James White's future speaking engagements to alert them that James White is not being candid about his academic career. I personally have no plans to join those who do. Nonetheless, I feel the same frustration as do they, and perhaps even more, because White parades around the country allowing the public to think he is a Southern Baptist seminary professor. What is more, unsuspecting students who enroll at CES are duped into believing White teaches at a reputable, recognized seminary when the fact remains, he does not.
Since the last update, I have come across more public but erroneous info concerning James White's academic padding. Believe me: the internet is filled with it if one would take the time to seek it out. For example, White's main publisher, Bethany House, has this to say about James White on the author's page:
James R. White is the author of several acclaimed books, including The King James Only Controversy and The Forgotten Trinity. He is an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church, director of Alpha and Omega Ministries--a Christian apologetics organization, an adjunct professor with Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and a professor of apologetics with Columbia Evangelical Seminary" (//link, embolden added)
James White has a prolific problem to clean up, I'd say. I appeal to those who support Alpha & Omega Ministries to immediately contact James White and demand he make the necessary changes to purge his public academic portfolio from the damaging, false information presently saturating the internet. No one benefits when false pictures of one's accomplishments are perpetuated, especially those who are Christian ministers. Is there any wonder the Islamic community holds little to no respect for White's apologetics organization? Why would we expect Mormon educators to dialog with White when they hold recognized, reputable academic credentials but James White fudges on his academic accomplishments (not to mention his misogynous insults toward Mormon women)? Why should Catholic apologists continue to dialog with him when he routinely insults their character and credibility while at the same time allowing falsehoods to continue concerning his academic accomplishments? White may not know it, but this is really a big issue.
UPDATE on UPDATE: I just received official confirmation from a GGBTS spokesman that James White *is not* presently teaching at the seminary in any adjunct capacity.
UPDATE: Thanks to an SBC Tomorrow reader, apparently James White is also wrongly listed at his alma mater, Columbia Evangelical Seminary, as a current professor for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (Phoenix campus). From the unaccredited seminary website, it presently reads: "Dr. White, an ordained Baptist minister, is Adjunct Professor teaching New Testament Greek, Systematic Theology, Christology, and Hebrew for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary at their Arizona Campus" (//link).
Will White now claim he has no control over what his own faculty profile says, just as he did with the Christianity Today journalist in 2010 when White allowed the article to suggest to the reading public that he was currently an Islamic professor at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary when he most definitely was not? Perhaps Doktor White will inform his supporters why he is not listed as Adjunct Professor at any Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary off-site campus when Columbia Evangelical Seminary specifically states he presently is***
Well, my readers will be saddened to know that strict Calvinist* James White continues to allow his formal teaching assignments to be, shall we say, padded a bit. In June, 2010, I noted on a post that James White allowed a Christianity Today interviewer to leave the impression he was a professor presently (i.e. June 2010) teaching Islam at Southern Baptists' Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Then I wrote >>>
In a recent Christianity Today article, John Kennedy quoted James White as an authority “who teaches on Islam at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary” (//link)...Kennedy unequivocally states James White teaches Islam at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary... ...it’s highly questionable at best whether James White should have allowed the CT article to stand as written concerning Kennedy’s assertion that he, in fact, “teaches on Islam at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.” Why? Because James White does not teach Islam at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. While it’s true he taught a 3 day intensive course in January--a course in Christian Apologetics in general not Islam in particular (//link)--White currently has no contract with Golden Gate to teach any subject, much less Islam. And, the official word is, James White will not be offered any future contract as adjunct instructor to teach any subject for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary including Islam" (//link, emphasis original)
White's supporters flew around the moon twice in orbit when I dared pen such perceived nonsense about their leader's teaching duties at GGBTS. White fired off a "We'll see about that!" scud missile toward West Georgia. It kinda fizzled out before reaching our borders, however. In addition, he upchucked all over himself suggesting he had no control over what journalists write. Interestingly, Kennedy confesses he had all kinds of questions about White's teaching assignments after he interviewed White; and, the way I understood it, the article posted in CT was the article which he assumed was the corrected version after clarifying with White.
Well, about three-quarters of a year has come and gone. Now understand: James White has not taught any classes at Golden Gate since January, 2010. That was his last contract. And, like I mentioned in June 2010, the official word is, James White will not be offered any future contract as adjunct instructor to teach any subject for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary including Islam" (//link).
One can go to GGBTS and check out the faculty syllabus. The last class White taught there was, as I mentioned, January 2010. Nor did he teach Islam in January 2010. Rather it was a simple, 3-day intensive on Christian Apologetics. Nothing is even mentioned of Islam in the course requirements. White did teach a class specifically on Islam in Spring 2008 and a 3-day Summer intensive which included Islam as one of three major topics for a special studies focus in philosophy and apologetics. That constitutes James White's tenured academic contributions to Islam at GGBTS. Yet, he allowed CT to profile him as an expert who presently taught (at that time) Islam at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
Now for the kicker...
White presently has linked on his website, The ReformedCast Podcast, where he logged a discussion entitled "The Importance of Apologetics." In part one, James White is introduced by the host. And, the podcast (if you'll listen) repeats virtually the very same introduction for White that is printed on their page. In part, it reads:
We will discuss the importance of apologetics with Dr. James R. White, director of Alpha & Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization. Dr. White received his D.Min in Apologetics at Columbia Evangelical Seminary, teaches Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and serves as an Elder at the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ..." (//link, embolden added for emphasis)
So, James White apparently is once again allowing the viewing and listening public to get the impression he currently teaches at Southern Baptists' seminary on the West Coast. But White definitively does not teach for Southern Baptists nor at a Southern Baptist seminary. Nor is GGBTS listed as a current teaching assignment on his bio page. What is listed as a current assignment (i.e. "scheduled") is a class in Polemics at Midwest Center for Theological Studies, a very small unaccredited** school in Kentucky which appears to possess close connections with Founders Ministries, the largest network of aggressive Calvinists among Southern Baptists. However, Midwest Center for Theological Studies is definitively not a Southern Baptist school. Rather it is affilated with The Reformed Baptists.
The question remains: why does James White allow himself to be profiled as currently teaching at Golden Gate when he most definitely is not?*** He claimed he had no control over journalists in 2010. Does he now want to claim he has no control over how The ReformedCast profiles him?
It seems to me James White already has enough explaining to do with his suspiciously obtained doctoral and master's degrees from the unaccredited Columbia Evangelical Seminary--a school which notoriously looked like this--a storefront office no bigger than my living room:
On the other hand, James White teaching at Midwest Center for Theological Studies may be a perfect fit, since it lacks standard accreditation as well. Go for it, Doktor White!
The simple fact White is going to have to someday face is this: no matter how much he tries...no matter how many times he allows his teaching assignments in accomplished, accredited schools like GGBTS to be erroneously profiled as his present academic portfolio, academia is never going to recognize him as a properly credentialed scholar. Why? He chose to go down an educational path which prohibits the acceptance of such suspiciously obtained degrees of academic expertise.
Understand: such a path does not prohibit one from becoming an accomplished scholar to be sure. However, one cannot demand others respect your credentials when you frankly do not have credentials--at least the credentials required within the academic community toward which one is making demands for acceptance.
Do us all a favor, James: stop allowing yourself to be presented to an unsuspecting public as teaching where you do not teach. You do not teach at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Please do not inform the public that you do. And, stop allowing hosts to introduce you as presently holding a professorship you do not hold in any reputable academic institution.
With that, I am...
*to be fair some theologians insist White's theology fits what is historically known as Hyper-Calvinism and thus is outside mainstream Calvinistic parameters
**I searched and could find no indication at all the school is accredited or even is seeking reputable accreditation
***No website info I can find supports James White's claim he teaches at GGBTS (i.e. website info over which James White has no control). Instead all indications point to the established fact he does not. It is entirely possible the website info at GGBTS is not up to date but barely probable--if probable at all--given the strong affirmation less than a year ago by GGBTS seminary officials that James White would receive no future contracts. If the web info is strangely incorrect, we will keep the public informed via an update here