Commonly Asked Questions
For your convenience we have
listed below some of the most frequent questions we have encountered
your honorary Doctorates really valid?
Absolutely! Since our Doctorates are Honorary, they
valid in every way. Scores of Fundamentalist Ministers with little or
no college education routinely acquire Honorary Doctorates and become a
Doctor. Some have more than one!
- Is it true that many of the Doctors
in Fundamentalism hold only Honorary Doctorates?
Yes, that is true. Most of the Fundamentalist preachers that are
known as Doctors have an Honorary Doctorate. More than that, many
of them do not have an undergraduate degree or never attended
college. Thus your Doctorate from The Independent Institute
of Advanced Degrees is
of the same type as many of the most notable Fundamentalist Ministers!
Have you ever examined a list of speakers at a "Preachers Conference"
or similiar meeting and noticed all the Doctors on the agenda? In many cases the majority of them hold Honorary Doctorates! And YOU can have one, too!
- Does it not stand to reason that an Honorary Doctorate must come from an institution of Higher
Learning that can bestow Earned Doctorates for it to be truly
considered a Doctorate?
That was the case for centuries and still is in
secular world, but beginning relatively recently, Fundamentalist
institutions such as Colleges,
Institutes, Schools, and even Churches, as well as Universities,
have bestowed Honorary Doctorates to whomever they choose. Remember,
Christ granted the Church to power to bind things on earth (Matt.
18:18), thus the Fundamentalist Institutions can change the use and definition
of an Honorary Doctorate as they see fit. Who would dare challenge them but a worldling or an outcast?
an Honorary Doctorate can a minister legitimately refer to himself as a
Of course! Many Fundamentalist Ministers do it
good would an Honorary Doctorate be without the lofty designation of
Doctor before or after your name? True, in the secular world where
Honorary Doctorates are not as highly esteemed, it is not customary to
refer to one's self as Doctor. Many in the world consider it
presumptuous, tacky, or even fraudulent, but what do they
That politicians, celebrities, and others who receive Honorary
Doctorates in the secular world would not think of seriously referring to themselves as
Doctor is their loss. According to the Fundamentalism it is not only
acceptable, but encouraged.
- Is it ethical for a Fundamentalist Minister
to refer to himself (or allow others to refer to him) as Doctor when he
holds only an Honorary Degree? Does that not lead to confusion with
those who have an earned degree?
Who is the judge of ethics more than a Fundamentalist Institution
that grants Honorary Doctorates? Very rarely does a Minister feel the
need to qualify his
statements concerning his Honorary Doctorate. He simply refers to
himself as Doctor. If some assume his Doctorate is earned rather than
Honorary that is their fault. Most are unconcerned with this possible
confusion because they feel they are as qualified for a Doctorate as
those who have earned Doctorates.
- Is it not
unethical for a Minister with an Honorary Doctorate to use his Degree
in the same manner as a Doctor with an earned Degree?
Who is the judge of ethics
more than a God-called Fundamentalist
Minister? The Institution that granted him the Honorary Doctorate (no
matter how small) must have deemed him worthy; therefore, there is no
need for the Doctor to moderate how he uses his degree.
- Isn't it a
practice of some of the "Mainline" denominations to forbid their
ministers to use or refer to a Honorary Doctorate or any other Degree
they did not earn according to accepted Academic Standards?
That has been reported, but what do the Mainline denomionations
know? Fundamentalism has santified the practice of bestowing
Honorary Doctorates regardless of the accepted secular Academic
standards of ethics and integrity. If you are suggesting that they may
be more ethical in this regard than some Fundamentalists? Perish the
an Honorary Doctorate intended to be more an honor than a doctorate? Is
it not more like an honorary "Key to the City" or being placed in a
"Hall of Fame"?
That seems to be the original, secular intention, however, as
said the Fundamentalism can make these honors real Doctorates simply by decree.
That the secular world treats them as an honor or recognition and not a true
doctorate is immaterial.
- It is common
knowledge in the academic world that no
one of any repute will use or cite an honorary degree or refer to such
in their publications. Is it acceptable for a Minister
to cite his Honorary Doctorate in his publications?
Absolutely! Christian bookstores are replete with books and
publications written by Ministers with Honorary Doctorates. They place
Dr. before their name without hesitation, even if they have never been
to college. That the academic world will not endorse this practice just
shows their bias against Fundamentalism.
not Doctors in the Scriptures associated
with the Christ hating Scribes and Pharisees (Luke 2:46, 5:17)?
True, but that
was a long time ago.
Today the designation Doctor carries with it an association of
knowledge and prestige. Again, Fundamentalism has sanctified the term.
not Christ brand as hypocrites those who love preeminence and relish
being called exalted titles (Mat 23:7)?
The title in Matt
23:7 is "Rabbi,"
not Doctor. Leading Fundamentalists have determined it is perfectly acceptable for one to exalt himself with the
term Doctor. A preacher with an Honorary Doctorate can place
Doctor on his letterhead, on his business cards, on his website, on his car, and even
monogram it on his clothes. Could all the
Fundamentalist preachers who do such be wrong? Banish the thought!
- Do Ministers of other Denominations use Honorary Doctorates similar to Fundamentalists?
Indeed! For one, the Charismatics follow the same practice. For instance, Marilyn Hickey, Kenneth E. Hagin, Oral Roberts, Joyce
Meyer, Rodney Howard Brown, and Lester Sumrall all have and use their Honorary Doctorates to advance their ministries.