Tinkling Cymbals and Sounding Brass




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

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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