Down below on one of my post the comment was made that Dr. Thomas Ice has an illegal doctorate from a small school in Texas. Dr. Tommy Ice has a Doctorate from Tyndale Theological Seminary (http://tyndale.edu/) in Hurst Texas. This happens to be a seminary that I have had some relations with. I know Dr. Christopher Cone's Father. Dr. Cone is the President of the school since 2006. Yes this is a small seminary. It is not as large as Dallas, Grace, Fuller, Southwest or other well known seminary. The issue isn't about whether he earned it. Which he did. The issue as to whether the school can give a degree. When it comes to religious education, who sets the standard for accreditation? It cannot be the state. We have a first amendment in America. The Supreme court of Texas ruled as such and returned the fine that the school paid.
The issue as to whether Thomas Ice's doctorate is recognized. As a professor at Liberty University, he is recognized as having a Ph.D. by the school.
I remember a debate a few years back over the degree that Dr. Kent Hovind earned from Patriot University(http://www.patriotuniversity.com/) in Colorado. This is another school that I have a relationship with. Same situation. The degree was earned. The question is to whether the degree is recognized. With no accreditation board, then the controversy is on. There seems to be a degree of attack on the degree when the attacks on the work fall short.
Should Christians quit earning degrees from such small schools. I don't think so. The accreditation process often causes schools to compromise on principals. It is the same thing about home schooling. When a student finishes a course of study in a home school situation, did he/she earn the credit and the degree. As long as the person did the work, he should be recognized as having the degree until it is proven that the school isn't giving a complete course.
When you see the catalog of the schools and see the work that must be completed to get a degree sometimes you find that it is harder to get your degree this method then by going to an accredited school. At an accredited school, the minimum standards are sometimes the only thing required. When you attend and unaccredited school, they realize that you must perform better then the accredited school or you will not be recognized by anyone. So as a result, their dissertation review can be more strict. Their standards for passing classes can be tougher. They cannot rely on their accreditation that keeps them in business. They have to put out a superior product.
If we are not allowed to study at an unaccredited school, then we are not allowed to do independent research. This blog encourages such. The Bible says that you are to "Workout your own salvation with fear and trembling." Phil 2:12. It is ultimately your responsibility to determine the truth. Don't let someone say that you or someone else is a liar without first figuring out the source of it Much of it is disinformation to try to confuse you. The confusion is not of God. It is of Satan. So know your source and do your own research. 2 Tim 2:15. "Study to shew yourself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. "