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The Mormon Defenders Paperback – August 8, 2001
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The book is also well organized and easily digestable. Each chapter ends with an analysis of the Mormon claim that their doctrines were part of the early church, and were lost through apostasy due to the influence of Greek thought. Holding shows in each instance that this claim simply doesn't stand up under close scrutiny. In many cases, Greek though would have produced the exact opposite of evangelical ones. Finally, the chapters end with a summary of key points raised.
All in all, and excellent scriptural analysis of the failures of Mormonism.
This is where this book steps in to fill the void by providing answers to the Mormon arguments on the "second" and "third" level of apologetics. As such, it is necessarily more difficult and complex than any first level book on the subject. However, I found it extraordinarily easy to follow, perhaps because I have long since moved beyond the basic stuff. If you are not yet familiar with the first level of information to counter Mormon apologists, this book is not for you, and you will probably find it over your head as did the last reviewer. If you have mastered the basic information, you will easily understand and appreciate this work.
The first chapter deals with one of the most blatant examples of contradiction -- the Mormon concept God being an exalted man. Holding first shows that the Mormon case is wanting, by misunderstanding anthropomorphisms, assuming that theophanies represented God's permanent state, and the unwarranted expansion of the Incarnation that was unique to Christ. Then he presents the biblical case against the Mormon teaching of divine embodiment.
This and all the other chapters end with an important discussion of the Mormon charge that the historical Church has apostatised through Hellenistic philosophy. One important point is much like those who claim our biblical texts are corrupted: OK, produce the *uncorrupted originals* or clear proof of what they said, because a charge of corruption can be sustained only if we can show what the extant texts are corrupted *from*. Similarly, Holding shows that there is not the slightest trace of an allegelly uncorrupt Jewish or early church teaching that looks anything like Mormonism. Conversely, the Jewish historian Josephus and the anti-Jewish Roman historian Tacitus confirm that the Jewish concept of God was one of an eternal Creator of all things. And historic Christianity's conception, in the areas of dispute between Mormonism, is firmly based on the biblical Jewish conception.Read more ›
The author is successful in providing solid answers to Mormon apologetical assertions as well as positing pertinent questions based on Scriptural and historical issues that must be satisfactorily answered if Mormonism is to establish a solid foundation upon which to rest its claim of being a divinely-inspired religion. More than being a valuable tool in "Christian vs. Mormon" apologetics, "The Mormon defenders" also provides information on concepts probably not well-known, even by most Christians. For instance, in chapter 2, Holding discusses the ancient Jewish "Wisdom" traditions in order to explain how the New Testament authors understood Jesus Christ's Role in the Godhead.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Holding doesn't like Mormons, but at least he could strive be accurate in his interpretations of what Mormons believe and do. Grrrr!Published 14 months ago by Ronnie Bennett-Bray
J.P. Holding has many good intentions, but his efforts in apologetics are marred by his use of mockery and insult. As a brother in the Lord I cannot support Holding's ministry. Read morePublished on February 18, 2012 by Mandude
James Patrick Holding is "President of Tekton Apologetics Ministries ... and has written articles for the 'Creatio Ex Nihilo Technical Journal' and the 'Christian Research... Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by Steven H Propp
Review of James Patrick Holding. The Mormon Defenders: How Latter-day Saint Apologists Misinterpret the Bible. Self-published, 2001. 160 pp. $8.99. Read morePublished on February 7, 2009 by Crazy Horse
Having encountered Mormon apologists and been bemused by their clear misuse of scripture I found this book to be a useful tool in providing answers for their... Read morePublished on January 14, 2008 by Jason Clark
This book by James Patrick Holding is a cut above the anti-Mormon fare, and Holding deserves kudos for writing in a very respectful style, and, furthermore, not engaging in the... Read morePublished on November 22, 2006 by Bobby Boylan
The biik came is incredibly fast manner, was reasonably priced, and in new condition. Thank you very much for your professionalism.Published on July 17, 2006 by Thomas E. Elliott
I like the tone of the book, as it is not as condescending as many other anti-Mormon books that I have read. That is why I gave it 3 stars. Read morePublished on April 14, 2005 by Sam Man
Holding's book does an excellent job of delineating differences between Mormon teachings and standard biblical interpretations. That's why I rated it 4 stars rather than 2 or 3. Read morePublished on January 3, 2003 by Kent Ponder