Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Vol. 11: Tinkling Cymbals and Sounding Brass

by Hugh Nibley

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The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, &ldquoThough I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal” (I Corinthians 13:1). Since then, the terms “tinkling cymbals” and “sounding brass” have often been used to signify words of emptiness and confusion — describing perfectly most writings critical of the Latter-day Saints.

Trained in history and interested in classical rhetoric, Hugh Nibley brings a broad perspective to his study of anti-Mormon writings. Included in this volume are:

  • No Ma'am, that's Not History
  • Censoring the Joseph Smith Story
  • The Myth Makers
  • Sounding Brass

In all these works, Nibley explains and defends the life and teachings of the prophets. His skill at recognizing and dissecting flawed arguments allows him to separate the chaff from the wheat. He knows the scriptures. He knows that Joseph's name would be known for good and evil, but he has clearly chosen to be numbered among those who sought counsel from the Prophet. He has little patience with those who write to persuade others to dismiss either the prophets of their divine messages.

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Hugh Nibley

Hugh Nibley received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1939, and was emeritus professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. A prolific writer, a keen and witty observer, and a relentless critic of the worldly, he has led members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of all ages to a deeper understanding of and commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Dr. Nibley passed away in February, 2005.

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Nibley on anti-Mormons
By , Submitted on 2016-10-14

Great book on various anti-Mormon techniques. Nibley uses his characteristic wit and wisdom to break down the absurdities and contradictions of anti-Mormon writings, as well as their motivations, scholarship (or lack thereof), and other aspects of the field. His methods of identifying the problems with these writings are still applicable today, 50 years later, at least from what anti-Mormon material I have come across. It is quite lengthy, but I found it very interesting and entertaining; it went by quickly.

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

An essential part of any gospel library.

A good Eye-Opener To the Truth about the Lies!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I thought this book is a great eye opener to anti-mormon literature! It actually made me laugh to notice all the little and large anti-mormon tactics. It makes one wonder why those who continue to write such anti-mormon literature never read what they have written. This book is a must for those who have actually read such anti-books,it helps one to see the 'real'intent behind the falsness.

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