Setting things straight-doctorate?



Subject: Setting Some things straight part 1
Date: Thu, 03 Aug 2000 18:55:44 -0500 (CDT)
From: James Trimm <>


I feel a need to clear up some misinformation that has been circulated
about me.
The misinformation is:

    1.  That my degree is either honorary of from a "diploma mill".

    2.  That I believe the Book of Mormon is true.

    3.  That I have slandered the author of the book CHRISTIANITY
    UNMASQUED by calling this an anti-semitic book.  And that I have
    slandered defenders of that book by labling them anti-semites.


It has recently been suggested that my doctorate comes from a diploma mill.

This is just plain not true.

My doctorate is from St. John Chrysostom Theological Seminary

St. John Chrysostom
Theological Seminary

An Ecumenical Seminary
the Catholic Apostolic Church
in North America

Which is the authentic representative
of The "Igreja Catolica Apostolica Brasileira"
(the Catholic Apostolic Church of Brazil)

The Catholic Apostolic Church of Brazil has over 5 million members
worldwide.  It is the largest Catholic communion, not under Papal Jurisdiction.
It split off from the Roman Catholic Church on July 6th 1945.
This split was due to objection to the relationship
between the Nazis and the Roman Church especially regarding
the helping of Nazis to escape Germany to hide in South America.

St. John Chrysostom Theological Seminary was established in 1973
by the canons (authorities) of the Catholic Apostolic Church
in North America.  The institution's original name was "Saint Charles
College" but was changed in 1983 to "St. John Chrysostom
Theological Seminary."

Like many small religious schools and seminaries St. John Chrysostom
Theological Seminary is non-accredited and operates under the Ecclesiastical
approbation of the canons and constitutions of the Church.  This is mostly
due to the cost of becoming accredited.

However St. John Chrysostom Theological Seminary is NOT a "diploma mill".
Its degree programs are among the most demanding I have ever seen.

I was awarded the degee doctor by this seminary on June 7th 1995.

Moreover my degree was earned.  It was NOT awarded as an honorary degree.
I have a certified transcript with real credit hours.  The school also requires
three letters of recomendation from persons who have doctorates in the field
of religion in order to be awarded the degree of doctor.  My degree required
real credit hours, as well as three such recomendations.  It was NOT the
of a diploma mill.

Someone also wrote my friend Dr James Tabor saying:

>You [James Tabor] were also sited by Dr. Trimm, in an e-mail on a forum,
>as being able
>to verify his credintials, having worked with him.

This is totally untrue.  The email mentioned is below.  I only state that
Dr. Tabor is an authoritative scholar who recognizes me as a "scholar" I say not one
thing about his ability or inability to verify my credentials.  In fact I could
not verify his either.

From: James  Trimm <>
Subject: Re: [nazarene] James a Scholar? I think NOT!

>At this point I would simply like to ask, if you would
>name some authoritive Scholars who would recognize you
>as a "scholar"?

    "Aramaic scholar James Trimm, of Ft. Worth, Texas,
    will be the primary person involved in the preliminary
    examination [of Codex Khaboris].  James Trimm will
    also serve as our main consultant for the Original
    Bible Project in incorporating Aramaic and Syriac readings
    in our work of translating the Greek New Testament."
    - Dr. James Tabor Original Bible Project update 2/15/98 p. 5

I have letters of recomendation for the degree of doctorate in Semitic
Studies from when I was awarded the degree of doctorate.  These are from:

    Dr. Phillip Arnold of the Reunion Institute

    Dr. James DeFrancisco

    Rabbi [and Dr.] Herbert J. Gilner

You can also look me up in Who's Who in the World year 2000 edition.

Now I do not ussually make a big show of my scholarship but you did ask.

James Trimm