About Jefferson White

Jefferson White is an independent scholar and the author of two books, Evidence and Paul’s Journeys and  The Political Theory of Christ.  His website at jeffersonwhite.com contains chapters from these two books, as well as other essays dealing with Christian belief and politics.

Here is what he says about Evidence and Paul’s Journeys:

My purpose in writing this book was to get beyond the usual scholarly arguments about the historical evidence and to present the evidence itself. My aim was to avoid the irrelevance of much of modern biblical scholarship, which is more concerned with unsubstantiated theories than with empirical argument. At the same time, I wanted to use the best of that scholarship to establish what can be known about the historical reliability of Luke's account of Paul's travels.

The more deeply I studied the matter, the more surprised I became at the sheer amount of evidence that exists in relation to the record of Paul's journeys. Most of that evidence has to do with small historical details. However, since Luke had to have knowledge of those small details in order to record them, the cumulative effect of the hundreds of details being confirmed by the evidence is impressive.

As I wrote at the conclusion of the book: “The Acts account of Paul’s journeys is as reliable as we may expect history to be. So far as it can be tested by objective evidence, Acts has proven to be an astonishingly accurate record of events.”

Here is what he says about The Political Theory of Christ:

In writing The Political Theory of Christ, I was addressing a question that had long perplexed me. What is the relationship of Christianity – or, to be more precise, what is the relationship of the political teaching of Christ – to the political history of the West? And in particular: what is the relationship of Christ’s political teaching to the political history of America?

Is the political teaching of Christ merely something that sits in the background of Western history while indirectly influencing the political actions of Christians? Or is it something much more radical, decisively shaping the course of Western political history?

After many years of reading, it seemed to me that Christ's political teaching was central to the story of Western political history and that it entailed a complete theory of politics.  At the same time, there seemed to be no historical masterwork concerning that radical influence. Instead, there were only bits and pieces of the history of that influence, appearing here and there, and being more hints than an actual thesis. I thus began de novo, without much reference to the existing political and theological literature, to try to understand this whole subject from the ground up.  The result, after many years of research, is this book.