James White (theologian)

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James Robert White
Born (1962-12-17) December 17, 1962 (age 52)
Education B.A. Grand Canyon College
M.A. Fuller Theological Seminary
D.Min., Th.D. (unaccredited) Columbia Evangelical Seminary
Occupation Christian Apologist, Author
Known for Director of Alpha and Omega Ministries
Religion Christian (Reformed Baptist)
Spouse(s) Kelli
Children 2
Website www.aomin.org

James Robert White (born December 17, 1962) is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, an evangelical Reformed Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of more than 20 books and has engaged in numerous moderated debates.


White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a presuppositional apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He received a BA from Grand Canyon College, an MA from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a ThM, a ThD and a DMin from Columbia Evangelical Seminary (formerly Faraston Seminary),[1] an unaccredited distance-learning school.[2] He currently serves as a Faculty Mentor at Columbia Evangelical Seminary.[3] He is also a critical consultant for the Lockman Foundation's New American Standard Bible.[4]

White is a prolific debater, having participated in more than 150 public moderated debates,[5] covering topics such as Calvinism, Roman Catholicism, Islam, Mormonism, the King James Only movement, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Atheism. His debate opponents have included scholars such as Bart Ehrman, John Dominic Crossan, and Marcus Borg and popularizers such as Dan Barker and John Shelby Spong as well as Islamic scholar Shabir Ally and South African Muslim apologist Yusuf Ismail.[6]

White has also been an elder of Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ, since 1998.[7]

He is married and he and his wife have two children. He also has one granddaughter.[5]

Ergun Caner controversy[edit]

White, an outspoken critic of Ergun Caner, led the way in exposing Caner's inconsistent recollection of past experiences.[8] On May 10, 2010, Liberty University conducted a formal inquiry which would ultimately result in the removal of Caner as Dean of the seminary.[9] White continues to be a vocal critic of both Caner and Norman Geisler, a popular defender of Caner's testimony.[10]

Published works[edit]

Selected Formal debates[edit]

  • "Reading each other's scriptures: A Christian-Muslim debate; Christology in John's Gospel, Christology in the Qur'an" vs Yusuf Ismail, October 2014, Grey Street Mosque, Durban, South Africa
  • "Is the New Testament a reliable record of the teachings of Jesus..Is the Qur'an a reliable record of the teachings of Muhammed" vs Yusuf Ismail, October 2013, North West University, Potchefstroom
  • "Is the Bible True?" vs. Robert M. Price, May 2010, aboard ship on the Carnival Legend
  • "Did the Bible Misquote Jesus?" vs. Bart Ehrman, January 2009, aboard ship on the Celebrity Century
  • "Is Homosexuality Compatible with Authentic, Biblical, Orthodox Christianity?" vs. John Shelby Spong, November 2006, Orlando, FL
  • "Is the New Testament We Possess Today Inspired?" vs. Shabir Ally, May 2006, La Mirada, CA
  • "Open Theism", vs. Bob Enyart, July 2014, Denver, CO
  • "The Resurrection of Jesus Christ", vs. Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan (with James Renihan), August 2005, aboard ship on the Sun Princess
  • "Is the Orthodox, Biblical Account of Jesus of Nazareth Authentic & Historically Accurate?", vs. John Dominic Crossan, August 2005, Seattle, WA
  • "Are Roman Catholics Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ?", vs. Douglas Wilson, November 2004, Los Angeles
  • "Is Homosexuality Consistent with Biblical Christianity", vs. Barry Lynn, May 2001, Long Island, NY
  • "The Papacy", vs. Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, May 1998, Long Island, NY
  • "Sola Scriptura", vs. Gerry Matatics, August 1990, Long Beach, CA


  1. ^ A Brief History of CES, Columbia Evangelical Seminary, 2012, retrieved 2014-05-12 
  2. ^ Accreditation, Columbia Evangelical Seminary, 2012, retrieved 2014-05-12 
  3. ^ The Faculty, Columbia Evangelical Seminary, 2012, retrieved 2014-05-12 
  4. ^ NASB, Amplified, LBLA, and NBLH Bibles, The Lockman Foundation, 2014, retrieved 2014-05-12 
  5. ^ a b James White, Alpha and Omega Ministries, 2014, retrieved 2014-05-12 
  6. ^ 2006 Alpha and Omega National Conference, Sovereign Cruises, retrieved 2014-05-12 
  7. ^ Our Elders, Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church, 2011, retrieved 2014-05-12 
  8. ^ Kennedy, John (3 May 2010), "Bloggers Target Seminary President", Christianity Today, retrieved 2014-05-12 
  9. ^ Kennedy, John (2 July 2010). "Ergun Caner Out as Seminary Dean". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  10. ^ Geisler, Norman, In Defense of Dr. Ergun Caner, retrieved 2014-05-12 

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