Kevin Bywater rewrote the Foreword as a review on Amazon books:
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"). He discusses such topics as divine embodiment, the relationship of the Father and the Son, preexistence, baptism for the dead, salvation for the living and the deceased, and deification. At every point, he evidences an extensive knowledge of his sources - whether Mormon, Christian or other. And while readers may take issue with some of the arguments in these pages, it is distinctly clear - thanks to Mr. Holding's studied and insightful engagement of the issues - that Mormonism is not biblical, regardless of the advanced degrees, regardless of their inroads into mainstream scholarship, regardless of their protestations to the contrary, and regardless of their rhetoric.
As a former fifth-generation member of the LDS Church, I enthusiastically recommend "The Mormon Defenders" as an able, insightful and engaging defense of truly biblical Christianity. I pray that it will be just one of many such worthy volumes.
The Mormon Defenders is averaging four stars in reviews on Amazon. One of the one-star reviews was a plagiarizing of the review of The Mormon Defenders in the FARMS Review of Books, to which I have issued a response.
There was formerly a rebuttal of the book in progress by my friend Kevin Graham, but he has since publicly declared certain misgivings with the Mormon faith and has taken down the material. I have taken down my own responses, and kept copies them, which I will provide them on request.