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Two chapters alone are worth the price of this book
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

If for no other reason, you should buy--not just read, but BUY--this book so you can read and reread 'The Unsolved Loyalty Problem Our Western Heritage' and the rather smirkingly titled 'Victoriosa Loquacitas The Rise of Rhetoric and the Decline of Everything Else.' The former examines the politically polarized atmosphere of the fourth century, with various parties and interest groups attempting to lump together similar loyalties so as to defeat the opposition. The latter essay examines how the practice of rhetoric, in its slavish devotion to business and law, ruined ancient education and culture. Also, if you are interested in the ancient origins of the temple, you may find that Nibley's essay on the Hierocentric State offers some intriguing parallels (without, however, so much as mentioning LDS temples). Why only four stars? Because I found the final chapter on mantic vs. sophic ways of thought to be rather uninteresting--mostly lecture notes. By the way, most of the chapters in the book were originally published in non-LDS academic journals, thus subjecting Nibley and his work to a more critical audience than he normally faced among the friendly LDS and BYU peers. This really is some of his best work--and a foundation for future research on the Book of Mormon and the temple.