At 08:36 9/30/2002 -0600, M Marc wrote:
>Nibley's contribution is twofold, imo:
>1) He has inspired a whole new generation (or two) of scholars, by which I 
>at the expense of an oxymoron, "LDS secular" scholars like Truman Madsen, John
>Tvedtnes, Dan Peterson, and amateurs like Kevin Barney, Kerry Shirts, Barry
>Bickmore, Mike Parker and many more.
>2) He started the trend to look into LDS doctrinal claims which could 
>be verified by history, especially by discoveries of writings after Joseph
>Smith's time which authenticate Joseph's claims, particularly in regards 
>to the
>Book of Mormon and the Book of Abraham. This has given our missionaries
>ammunition to counter anti-Mormons from contaminating investigators.
>Mind you, this could be considered a narrow accomplishment by some, and if 
>the case with you, so be it. But that's his contribution, in my opinion.

I'm currently (slowly) reading Approaching Zion.   He's quite outspoken and 
(hopefully) makes one look into one's own inner life and (possibly) 


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