Tinkling Cymbals and Sounding Brass: The Art of Telling Tales About Joseph Smith and Brigham Young

Tinkling Cymbals and Sounding Brass The Art of Telling Tales About Joseph Smith and Brigham Young None

  • Title: Tinkling Cymbals and Sounding Brass: The Art of Telling Tales About Joseph Smith and Brigham Young
  • Author: Hugh Nibley David J.Whittaker
  • ISBN: 9780875795164
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Tinkling Cymbals and Sounding Brass is a collection of four smaller works, centered around the theme of exposing flaws in the arguments of anti-Mormon writers.In “No, Ma’am, That’s Not History,” Nibley identifies the sloppy thinking, lack of research, and sheer invention of Fawn Brodie’s sensational yet self-contradictory biography of Joseph Smith.In “Censoring the Joseph Smith Story,” Nibley questions why anti-Mormon writers such as Henry Caswall, John C. Bennett, and J. B. Turner [...]

    2. In Tinkling Cymbals and Sounding Brass - The Art of Telling Tales about Joseph Smith andd Brigham Young, Hugh Nibley spends 700+ pages pointing out what should be obvious to any reader of anti-Mormon literature - that almost all of it is based on rumors, misrepresentations, innuendos and half-truths. I already knew that, but what I found interesting was how much “inbreeding” occurs in anti-Mormon works - the same poor sources are repeated over and over again and passed on for 150 years. I al [...]

    3. This book was truly disappointing.I read it a couple of years ago and the end I felt like screaming, "is that all you can say? Is that your only rebuttal, because your failed to address any of the real issues."This is a collection of essays written by Nibley in defense of Mormon history. It contains his famous No Ma'am That's Not History, a rebuttal to Fawn Brodie's No Man Knows My History.If you like ad hominem arguments than this book is for you. If not, then I would stay away from it.

    4. For any who want to enter the world of apologetics for a few hours, and get a few laughs along the way, Nibley presents amusing responses to anti-Mormon authors from the early days of the Church to his own day. With footnotes galore and probably more facetious comments about the scholarship of others than actual substantive stuff, it can be enjoyable.

    5. InTinkling Cymbals and Sounding Brass , Hugh Nibley takes on the anti-mormon crowd and wins. Hands down. In the first section calledNo Ma'am, that's not History , he challenges Fawn Brodie's widely acclaimed "biography" of Joseph Smith:No Man Knows My History . The word play between these two titles is just one example of Nibley’s wit, irony, and banter that winds through the book. I found myself laughing aloud, no small feat when you consider the book’s subject matter. The second section of [...]

    6. 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 wen [...]

    7. The seemingly endless recitations of falsehoods that he quotes grow tedious. It soon grows obvious that the accusations he quotes are fabrications because they are not supported by evidence. The book also gives a clue why it is so popular to slander the "Mormons" - it sold a lot of novels. "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?" (Matthew 7:16) Do "Mormons" (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) have high moral standards? Enough said o [...]

    8. Although Nibley has a great sense of humor, and is extremely well-read in a number of languages, when he starts talking about proof for Mormon scripture he uses shoddy scholarship.To understand Nibley's approach to scholarship, see:Salmon, Douglas F. "Parallelomania and the Study of Latter-day Scripture: Confirmation, Coincidence, or the Collective Subconscious? Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 33, no. 2 (Summer 2000): 129-156.

    9. This book was so great and eye-opening. It made me appreciate President Brigham Young more than I ever had before, but it was hard reading about all of the crazy, nasty things people have said about Joseph Smith. Nibley made it easy to see that anti-Mormon critics are so easy to see through once you try to follow their "logic," and their "sources."

    10. An amazingly dense and well supported pile of shit written by a total douchebag (High Nibley). It's Mormon apologetics at its finest, and I don't mean that in a derogatory way. This book is an accomplishment, as is all of Nibley's work, despite my personal feelings about him as a person or the lunacy of what he apologizes for.

    11. An entertaining read that debunks some of the favorite arguments of anti-mormons. The section entitled "The Myth Makers" is set as a trial where anti-mormons attempt to prove their case against Joseph Smith, and Nibley hilariously pokes holes in their "evidence."

    12. Hugh Nibley is the ultimate scholar. In this book he challenges the critics of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, the first 2 prophets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The critics methods, reasoning, and so-called logic are all destroyed by Mr. Nibley's attention to detail.

    13. Not as enjoyable as Nibley's great works on the authenticity of various aspects of the Restoration message -- but a necessary and well-researched rebuttal to some of the early material published against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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