Calvinist apologist James White has responded to my posts twice. The last time, he spent over an hour responding to a critique that I made of him. I think that everyone can agree that White and I are not on the same side. I desperately want to see the man become a Catholic just as much as he wants me to stop being one. Recently, many of his fellow Calvinists have criticized him on an interfaith dialogue that he had with Islamic apologist Dr. Yasir Qadhi. I have criticized this dialogue as well. It came as quite a shock that someone like White would participate in it. Regardless, he did and he still continues to defend what he did.
At the same time, I will admit that the attacks against White have gone overboard. This event happened months ago. It ended with the parting of ways of Sam Shamoun and James White. Why is this coming up again, months later? To all the Calvinists who are criticizing White I say the following:
While the dialogue was inappropriate, is that worth attacking him in these vicious ways? Does it undo all of the dozens of debates that he’s had with leading Islamic apologists? Does it undo all of the podcasts and articles where he’s responded to Islam? Does it undo his book that he wrote against Islam?
I’m not a Calvinist so I don’t have a dog in this race, but wouldn’t it be better to confront him in charity and tell him that it was a very big mistake and hurts his credibility? All of these vicious attacks will only turn him off from the truth. He might even see the need to defend his position out of pride, even though deep down, he might acknowledge that it was a mistake.
To Sam Shamoun;
Sam, we’ve had our differences. You have responded to this blog many times and have even come to the defense of Dr. White when I criticized him. At the same time, I know that we can have good discussions.
On this post we had a long discussion in the comments section regarding the Deuterocanonical books. It was a good discussion and was done in charity. I completely agree with you that White made a mistake but don’t you think it would be better to try to help him back to the truth instead of attacking him the way you and others have? If he realizes the mistake that he made, he could resume his effective career against Islam.
For Sam Shamoun, Keith Thompson, Brannon Howse, and everyone else who has been severely criticizing White, you’re probably wondering why I’m calling on you to take a different approach.
I know that you guys are not Catholic. Let me say that I think the same way about Calvinism as you guys do about Catholicism.
So why do I care? I care because Muslim apologists see us all as Christians and they are laughing at us. What Calvinists do affects Catholics and vice versa. If a Protestant body in America collapses on homosexual “marriage”, Catholics will look at it and will be more inclined in that direction. I don’t want you guys to collapse and I’m sure that you’re hoping us Catholics don’t collapse for the same reason. No one in the West can be seen to be soft on Islam, especially people who call themselves Christian. White needs to be brought back into the fold. I believe that it’s in your best interest to extend a hand and invite him back in charity.
Last of all, to James White:
I know that you had good intentions. Regardless, it was wrong. Just admit that in hindsight it was not a wise choice and move on with your ministry to Muslims.
I hope that I’ve given a good third-party commentary on this issue. I invite discussion but please, let us do things in charity.