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The Mormon Defenders Paperback – August 8, 2001

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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • 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: #3,578,876 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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Most of what is published today on the subject of Mormonism is what I would call "first level" apologetic material. What I mean by that is that it deals with the very basic issues and conversations that will come up between your average evangelical Christian and your average Mormon. The Mormon Church has recognized this, and in recent years, has refined the sophistication level of their arguments, and thus, a Christian confronted with these new (and necessarily more complex) arguments may find themselves ill-equipped.
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.
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This is the first book by J.P. Holding, president of the highly effective Tekton Apologetics Ministry, and I hope it won't be the last. While a lot of books were enough to refute most Mormon missionaries, a new breed of Mormon apologetics has emerged. And although this has not filtered through (even according to the laments of these Mormon apologists), it is essential that Christians are prepared for the strongest arguments they could encounter.

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.
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In "The Mormon Defenders," James Patrick Holding untertakes a critical analysis of the veracity of 7 Mormon doctrines in light of evangelical Biblical scholarship. The Mormon doctrines of "Divine Embodiment," the Mormon understanding of the relationship of Jesus to the Father, "Preexistence," "Baptism for the Dead," "Salvation for the Unevangelized," the Mormon understanding of salvation(and the role of faith and works), and "Human Deification" are critiqued by Holding. The author's general approach in each chapter is to first analyze the usage of typical Biblical passages that Mormon apologists assert support their doctrinal beliefs. This is followed by discussions of certain passages that are utilized to refute specific Mormon doctrine(s). Then, the author discusses historical problems with the Mormon assertions that certain Christian doctrinal beliefs were changed(as the church allegedly went into apostasy). Holding also provides a helpful list of "Key Points" at the very end of each chapter.
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.
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