I thank James White for having me dig deeper into my Catholic faith. I actually discovered White before I discovered Catholic Answers. Around 1991, I found a book by him at a “Berean Christian Store” entitled “Answers to Catholic Claims” (Crowne Publishers, 1990), now out of print. I bought it, flipped through it, and thought “this guy is pretty good.” I wonder if there’s any answer to him?
This was before I heard of Catholic Answers or had any of their material. A few months later (early 1992), I ordered the book White was responding to, namely, “Catholicism and Fundamentalism” by one Karl Keating. To be fair I wanted to read what White was responding to. Then I discovered Catholic Answers through Keating’s book, called them, and asked them if they had heard of this “James R. White”, yep I was told White debated one of their reps, Gerry Matatics (this was before Gerry’s move into radical traditionalism). I am still fond of Gerry, and support him. I know he’s rather “controversial” now…
I got those debate tapes (this was the very first Papacy debate White had with Matatics, and the one on Eternal Security both held in Dec 1990 if memory serves), and saw that Gerry indeed had answers to White, and it was pretty much all over for evangelicalism for me. I was “half-Protestant-evangelical” in my thinking back then (this was 1991 or so). Plus I started getting all the great books Keating mentions in the bibliography in Cath and Fund.
So I’m probably one of the few cradle “Catholic apologists” who discovered White before Catholic Answers. True story…and White is still losing the “battle” 15 years later