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May 27, 2009

The White Man's Burden: A Look Back at a Catholic/Protestant Debate

James White loves to argue. He’s a Fundamentalist [Calvinist] who runs an anti-Catholic ministry, so you’d expect him to be no stranger to controversy, but his appetite for in-your-face confrontation goes way beyond typical anti-Catholic zealotry.

Alpha & Omega Ministries, the organization White runs, has carved a modest niche for itself in the Fundamentalist countercult marketplace, producing tracts and tapes attacking Oneness Pentecostals,
Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and, of course, Catholics. He and his followers pride themselves on their adversarial methods of witnessing to “cultists.”

At least once yearly, White and his friends descend on Salt Lake City during the Mormon Church’s biannual
General Conference. Armed with anti-Mormon tracts, they station themselves at each entrance to
Temple Square and hand out literature telling Mormons why they are going to hell. But leafleting is one of
the tamer methods White employs in preaching his gospel. . . . (continue reading)


  1. I'm sure you noticed their (AO ministries) little tid-bit about you posted on their main page today. Reading this all made me wonder if there was any connection (other then name) between AO ministries and AO publications. I DO NOT use AO publications, but I know many Catholic-Homeschoolers that do use AO publication for their homeschooling needs. It was in my quest to see if there was a connection between the two that caused me to noticed what AO ministries had on their home page.

  2. Nice article, it seems like it would have been an interesting debate to have attended. I just read about the conversion of James Whites sister (http://www.bringyou.to/apologetics/s2.htm) into the Catholic Church, and she mentions your "Surpised by Truth" as helping her on her journey, so you obviously had a great influence on a number of people familiar with the debates between you and James White. Keep up the good work.

  3. A centrepiece/flagship, for Catholic apologetics. Curious though that you "cringe" when you listen to your own debates. I guess we really are our own worst critics!