James White, Reformed Baptist elder and administrator of Alpha & Omega Ministries, claims that he does not engage in ad hominem attacks on others. Moreover, James White frequently complains that others are guilty of this fallacy, and that he’s an innocent man in this regard.
I’m starting this thread as a reference to document the hypocrisy of James White’s claim. Please feel free to add your own documentation, but if you do, please include a citation/link. Remember…this is ONLY about *ad hominem *attacks, so only post where the MAN is attacked (not the argument) should be referenced. The veracity of any given statement is irrelevant…only that it’s a personal attack and NOT an attack on a person’s argument.
Beware - this will necessitate actually reading large quantities of James White’s material and parsing through artful dodges. What do I mean by artful dodges? James White gave us a tip from his playbook when he made the following comment regarding Tim Staples:
[quote=James White]Strangely, he refused to call me a liar, while styling a number of my comments lies.
This is precisely James White’s usual tactic (“I didn’t call him an idiot, I said all his ideas are idiotic…”), so it’s odd that he would call someone else on it. Since this is James White’s typical response to accusations of ad hominem attacks, please try to keep the quotes as on-point as possible.
Let the documentation begin! (All bold/color/underscores added for emphasis.)
[quote=James White]…Dr. Sippo demonstrated a complete inability (or unwillingness) to behave in a respectful, proper manner. And nothing has changed in eleven years. Of course, one thing is always constant: Dr. Sippo will insult you in one paragraph, and then complain about how mean and unloving you are in the next.
[quote=James White]…Roman Catholic apologists speak more to the intense hatred and emotionalism of these men
[quote=James White] [Irony] It seems Rome’s apologists are intent upon continuing to provide more and more evidence of their utter desperation as well as their complete willingness to attack the person rather than the issue. [/Irony]
[quote=James White]Any person who can read Greek can see… t is amazing that [Tim Staples] would attempt to use this passage… No one who is a serious scholar of the language would ever say such a thing. Source.
[quote=James White]Phil Porvaznik, a sometimes Roman Catholic “apologist” of sorts (more a humorous gadfly than a serious apologist
As a side note, it’s interesting what James White has to say about ad hominem attacks:
[quote=James White]On a personal level, I was quite simply shocked at the amount of ad-hominem
argumentation… Of course, I find such tactics indicative of a lost cause… Source.
Exactly, Mr. White. Exactly.