Hugh W. Nibley; David J. Whittaker, Editor. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book and FARMS, 1993, The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Volume 11, hardbound, 735 pages. ISBN: 0875795161
The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or as tinkling cymbal” (1 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. Nibley brings his formidable training in classical rhetoric and history to bear in this study of anti-Mormon writings. This collection of lively writings from the 1940s and 1950s exposes the tendentious and faulty reasoning of nineteenth-century critics and satirizes flawed arguments against Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. In all these essays, Nibley explains and defends the life and teachings of the prophets Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.