I logged a post March 23, 2011 entitled "Doktor James White on Fudging His Teaching Assignments," demonstrating strict Calvinist* James White continues to give the public a false impression that he presently serves as adjunct professor for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, a position he definitively does not hold. While he most certainly has taught at the seminary in the past, he does not presently teach any subject on any Golden Gate campus, and, given the seminary president's public statement, White is not being considered as an adjunct instructor for future classes. Nor is White listed on Golden Gate seminary's official list of adjunct professors. Nor does a call or email to the seminary bear any evidence James White remains as adjunct professor. In spite of the massive evidence to the contrary, James White and his supporters continue to give the public impression he remains as adjunct professor at Golden Gate Seminary. Now begins the embarrassing fallout.. >>>
And, as Dave Armstrong has rightly pointed out concerning White's bio page and teaching assignments at Golden Gate,
"There we learn that he hasn't taught anything with "Greek" in the title of the course since 2001 (hardly current). He hasn't taught systematic theology there since 2004. His last (and only course in Christology was way back in the previous century and millennium: 1997. And for Hebrew, we have to go back to 2000" (//link)
Hence, even if James White has taught Greek and Systematic Theology in the past, it has been so long ago, who could reasonably cite those classes as indicative of James White presently teaching Greek and Systematic Theology at Golden Gate? Yet James White supporter, Scott Oakland, insists his introductory profile on his podcast post (both written and audio) accurately reflects James White's current adjunct teaching status at Golden Gate and refuses to correct his false statement. He simply ignores the evidence negating his assertion that James White is presently adjunct professor and suggests those of us raising questions are merely "spinning" the facts.
Well, Scott Oakland and other White supporters need to know not all James White supporters are ignoring facts. We mentioned in an earler post, Bethany House, James White's main publisher, had the following on their website:
"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" (embolden added here and below)
However, one may check the same link and notice Bethany House has rightly changed James White's author profile:
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, has taught courses for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and is a professor of apologetics with Columbia Evangelical Seminary" (//link)
We congratulate Bethany House for promptly taking action and correcting the public record--James White has taught courses for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. We believe this shows integrity on their part.
In addition, we realize this is embarrassing for James White. To have one's main supporter consider the facts and judge against you cannot make for a happy-go-lucky day. Nonetheless, nothing is gained by bloating one's academic accomplishments to impress an unsuspecting public which is precisely what James White was doing. Of all people, James White ought to know this.
Perhaps in the future, James White will be much more cautious in presenting his credentials accurately. We hope he considers rewriting his faculty profile at the unaccredited seminary where he is listed as "faculty mentor." It too makes the very claim Bethany House rightly judged to be incorrect--that James White is adjunct professor at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary when he most certainly is not (//link).
In addition, honesty requires Scott Oakland and other James White supporters to follow Bethany House's stellar example and begin to speak accurately and reasonably about James White's academic profile. Let's stop fudging the facts even if it makes our hero appear less academically accomplished than he would like others to think.
With that, I am...
*some theologians describe White's theology as historic Hyper-Calvinism and hence on the extreme fringes of Reformed thinking