James White (theologian)

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James Robert White
White speaking in 2019
James Robert White

  • Christian apologist
  • theologian
  • pastor
  • author
Known forDirector of Alpha and Omega Ministries
Theological work
EraLate 20th and early 21st centuries
Tradition or movement
Main interests

James Robert White is a Baptist theologian,[1] the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, an evangelical Reformed Baptist Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona and a Christian scholar.[2][3] He is the author of several books.[4]

Early life and education

White graduated with a BA from Grand Canyon University (formerly known as Grand Canyon College) and an MA from Fuller Theological Seminary. His ThM, Th.D. and D.Min. degrees from Columbia Evangelical Seminary (formerly Faraston Theological Seminary), an unaccredited online school.[5][6][7] The legitimacy of White's academic credentials has been questioned.[8]


White served as an elder of Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, from 1998 until 2018. He became Scholar-in-Residence at Apologia Church in Tempe, Arizona in 2018,[9][10] and was installed as one of the pastor/elders in 2019.[11][12]

White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. As director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, White also hosts a daily Dividing Line Podcast and radio show on the Alpha and Omega Ministries YouTube Channel. He was also a critical consultant for the Lockman Foundation's New American Standard Bible.[13][14]

White often engages in public debate, having participated in more than 170 public moderated debates,[15][16] covering topics such as Calvinism, Roman Catholicism, Islam, Mormonism, Infant baptism[17] the King James Only movement, Jehovah's Witnesses, and atheism. His debate opponents have included scholars such as Bart Ehrman, John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg, Robert M. Price, Joe Ventilacion of Iglesia ni Cristo[18] and popularizers such as Dan Barker and John Shelby Spong[19] James White has criticized fundamentalist views and King James Onlyism. He has argued that the King James version has multiple translation errors.[20][21][22][23]

White has written multiple books critical of Roman Catholic theology, including the books; The Roman Catholic Controversy, Mary: Another Redeemer? and The Fatal Flaw.[24]

White supports Creationism and Theonomy.[25] [26]

Personal life

He is married and he and his wife have two children. He also has two grandchildren.[15]

White is a Reformed Baptist[1] and a Calvinist.[3]

Selected works

  • White, James R. (1990). Letters to a Mormon Elder: Eye-Opening Information for Mormons and the Christians Who Talk with Them. Southbridge, MA: Crowne Publications. ISBN 9780925703590.[27]
  • ——— (1995). The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust the Modern Translations?. Minneapolis, Minn.: Bethany House. ISBN 978-1-55661-575-7.[28]
  • ——— (1997). Is the Mormon My Brother? Discerning the Differences between Mormonism and Christianity. Minneapolis, Minn.: Bethany House. ISBN 9780764220470.[29]
  • ——— (1998). Mary—Another Redeemer?. Minneapolis, Minn.: Bethany House. ISBN 9780764221026.[30]
  • ——— (2000). The Potter's Freedom: A Defense of the Reformation and a Rebuttal of Norman Geisler's Chosen But Free. Amityville, NY: Calvary Press. ISBN 9781879737433.[31]
  • ——— (2001). The God Who Justifies: A Comprehensive Study of the Doctrine of Justification. Minneapolis, Minn.: Bethany House. ISBN 9780764222887.[32]
  • ——— (2002). The Same Sex Controversy: Defending and Clarifying the Bible's Message about Homosexuality. Minneapolis, Minn.: Bethany House. ISBN 9780764225246.[33]
  • ——— (2002). Dangerous Airwaves: Harold Camping Refuted and Christ's Church Defended. Amityville, NY: Calvary Press. ISBN 9781879737495.[34]
  • Hunt, Dave; ——— (2004). Debating Calvinism: Five Points, Two Views. Sisters, Or.: Multnomah Publishers. ISBN 9781590522738.[35]
  • ——— (2004). Scripture Alone: Exploring the Bible's Accuracy, Authority and Authenticity. Minneapolis, Minn.: Bethany House. ISBN 978-0764220487.[36]
  • ——— (2013). What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an. Minneapolis, Minn.: Bethany House. ISBN 9780764209765.[37]
  • ——— (2019). The Forgotten Trinity: Recovering the Heart of Christian Belief. Minneapolis, Minn.: Bethany House. ISBN 978-0-7642-3382-1.[38]

See also


  1. ^ a b The Critique of Religion and Religion's Critique: On Dialectical Religiology. BRILL. April 14, 2020. ISBN 978-90-04-41904-9.
  2. ^ Alexis, Jonas E. (2013). Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism: A History of Conflict Between Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism from the Early Church to Our Modern Time. WestBow Press. ISBN 978-1-4497-8159-0.
  3. ^ a b "Calvinism debate cancelled, but serious discussion still resulted | Baptist Press". baptistpress.com. October 17, 2006. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  4. ^ "James White | Resources from Ligonier Ministries". Ligonier Ministries. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  5. ^ "Of Doctorates and Eternity". June 1998.
  6. ^ "Columbia Evangelical Seminary".
  7. ^ "The Saga of Accreditation". January 24, 2008.
  8. ^ Armstrong, Dave (March 14, 2017). "James White's Bogus 'Doctorate' Degree".
  9. ^ Our Elders, Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church, 2011, retrieved May 12, 2014
  10. ^ "Jeff Durbin on Facebook". Facebook. Archived from the original on April 27, 2022.[user-generated source]
  11. ^ "Jeff Durbin on Facebook". Facebook. Archived from the original on April 27, 2022.[user-generated source]
  12. ^ "Meet the Team".
  13. ^ NASB, Amplified, LBLA, and NBLH Bibles, The Lockman Foundation, 2014, archived from the original on November 18, 2006, retrieved May 12, 2014
  14. ^ Blair, Leonardo; Reporter, Senior Features (February 12, 2019). "Bible experts Eric Mason, James White clash over racist history of abortion". The Christian Post. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  15. ^ a b James White, Alpha and Omega Ministries, 2014, retrieved May 12, 2014
  16. ^ "Announcing Dr. James White, Professor of Apologetics and Church History -". Grace Bible Theological Seminary. December 7, 2021. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  17. ^ "New Horizons March 2008: A Better Case for Infant Baptism". opc.org. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  18. ^ South Dakota Apologetics (April 21, 2017). "Dr. James White vs Bro. Joe Ventilacion – Who Is God? – Trinity Debate – Official". Archived from the original on December 21, 2021 – via YouTube.
  19. ^ 2006 Alpha and Omega National Conference, Sovereign Cruises, retrieved May 12, 2014
  20. ^ McGowan, A. T. B. (May 21, 2008). The Divine Authenticity of Scripture: Retrieving an Evangelical Heritage. InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-8308-2879-1.
  21. ^ Ankerberg, John; Weldon, John (April 15, 2011). The Facts on the King James Only Debate. ATRI Publishing. ISBN 978-1-937136-08-6. "James White points out a number of other translation errors in the KJV
  22. ^ Blomberg, Craig L.; Robinson, Stephen E. (September 20, 2009). How Wide the Divide?: A Mormon & an Evangelical in Conversation. InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-8308-7564-1.
  23. ^ Hartman, Dayton (January 24, 2014). Joseph Smith's Tritheism: The Prophet's Theology in Historical Context, Critiqued from a Nicene Perspective. Wipf and Stock Publishers. ISBN 978-1-62564-201-1.
  24. ^ "Well-Intentioned but Weak". Catholic Answers. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  25. ^ White, James (June 16, 2002). "Evidence for Special Creation From Scientific Evidence". Alpha and Omega Ministries.
  26. ^ White, James (January 31, 2020). "Theonomy".
  27. ^ Review of Letters to a Mormon Elder:
  28. ^ Reviews of The King James Only Controversy:
  29. ^ Reviews of Is the Mormon My Brother?:
  30. ^ Review of Mary—Another Redeemer?:
  31. ^ Review of The Potter's Freedom:
  32. ^ Review of The God Who Justifies:
  33. ^ Reviews of The Same Sex Controversy:
  34. ^ Review of Dangerous Airwaves:
  35. ^ Reviews of Debating Calvinism:
  36. ^ Reviews of Scripture Alone:
  37. ^ Reviews of What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an:
  38. ^ Review of The Forgotten Trinity:

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