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The Mormon Defenders Paperback – August 8, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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").Read more ›
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.
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.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 21 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
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
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
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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
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. Read morePublished on August 23, 2004 by Dr. J. Sarfati
In "The Mormon Defenders," James Patrick Holding untertakes a critical analysis of the veracity of 7 Mormon doctrines in light of evangelical Biblical scholarship. Read morePublished on July 24, 2003 by Lamont S
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