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The Mormon Defenders Paperback – August 8, 2001

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James Patrick Holding is President of Tekton Apologetics Ministries. He holds a Masters degree in Library Science and has written articles for the Christian Research Journal and the Creation Ex Nihilo Technical Journal.
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Proaster Books] (August 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970906307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970906304
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,307,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 1, 2001
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In the Mormon Defenders, JP Holding does an excellent job of showing that key Mormon doctrines cannot be supported by the 66 books of the Bible. Holding examines Scriptures used by Mormons in defense of their doctrines, as well as those used by evangelicals against them. Holding pulls no punches, and exposes where both groups misunderstand the Word. However, he does demonstrate that a proper understanding of Scripture simply does not support God as a man, deification (as taught by Mormons), and other Mormon doctrines.
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.
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For over a century-and-a-half the Mormon Church has sought to claim the theological and biblical high ground over the Christian faith. For more than a decade I have watched new Latter-day Saint apologists emerge into the public dialog. I have witnessed LDS scholars gain and hold prestigious academic positions in non-LDS institutions. I have observed an increasing sophistication in their advocacy and in their responses to critics. And I have been greatly disappointed as my fellow Christians returned time and again to overstated, largely ineffective materials published to teach us how to refute Mormon arguments and how to witness of the grace of Christ to them.

The seriousness of our situation became urgently clear when InterVarsity Press published an inter-faith dialog between Dr. Craig Blomberg (Denver Seminary) and Dr. Stephen Robinson (Brigham Young University) entitled, "How Wide the Divide?" While Dr. Blomberg brought a distinctly learned and refreshing perspective to the discussion, I wondered at the persistent equivocations on the part of Dr. Robinson. Robinson employs Christian vocabulary, to be sure, but he harbors a distinctly unbiblical dictionary. I was well aware of his rhetorical techniques from reading his books and articles (especially "Are Mormons Christians?"). I was disappointed that Dr. Blomberg did not expose Dr. Robinson's less-than-mainstream (or less-than-candid) presentation of his Mormon faith.

With the publication of "The Mormon Defenders" my hopes have been reignited. J. P. Holding is someone well acquainted with LDS arguments and rhetoric, and familiar with the Bible and current biblical scholarship (whether "conservative" or "liberal").
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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 misinterpretations.
I was very interested in J.P. Holding's observation that "the image of God" does not refer to physical likeness, nor even emotional/rational likeness, but rather the capacity to act as God's representative on Earth.
A worthwhile exercise on Holding's part.
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James Patrick Holding is "President of Tekton Apologetics Ministries ... and has written articles for the 'Creatio Ex Nihilo Technical Journal' and the 'Christian Research Journal.'"

He writes in the Introduction to this 2001 book, "a new line of defense is being prepared as innovative and aggressive Mormon apologists are doing for Mormonism what writers like Josh McDowell and William Lane Craig have done for Christianity; make the Mormon faith an intellectually respectable faith."

Here are some additional quotations from the book:

"The true power in Mormon apologetics is the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS), a consortium of LDS scholars that represent the cream of the crop in Mormon academia... The Mormon defense league is organized, efficient, and above all, certain of itself and its mission." (Pg. 8)
"Josephus says that Jewish notions of God are similar to those held by Plato, and makes the special point that these notions were part of Jewish belief from the time of Moses---they were NOT derived from Greek intellectuals." (Pg. 31)
"Inevitably, we must face the question of what situation explains the evidence better: a nearly-total loss of a quite desirable doctrine (postmortem evangelization), not found in the Bible, that was distorted in manifold ways by the Church Fathers; or, the development of a doctrine at a later date. We see no reason why the former should be preferred over the latter." (Pg. 99)
"Like the LDS doctrine of pre-existence, the Mormon doctrine of 'theosis' (deification) carries theological freight that Mormons admit does not have Biblical support." (Pg. 121)
"The Bible clearly teaches a doctrine of theosis, but that it does not teach the Mormon version of theosis is equally clear." (Pg.
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