Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Hugh Nibley Dies at Age 94
02/27/2005 - James WhiteIf you do not know the name Hugh Nibley, you are not familiar with Mormonism and Mormon apologetics. He was the father of the modern movement that is today F.A.R.M.S., the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, the chief arm of LDS apologetics out of BYU. Oh, he wasn't the only source of LDS apologetics: that movement really predated him, in essence, in the likes of Talmage and Roberts. But its modern incarnation found its impetus in his blustery denunciation of Fawn Brodie's work on Joseph Smith. And then, with the discovery of the papyri upon which the Book of Abraham was based, Nibley was unwillingly vaulted into the forefront of its defense. The body of "work" he produced in defense of this hopelessly false work can only cause one to wince at an obviously great intellect trying to defend the indefensible.
Nibley has quietly faded from the scene over the past few decades, dying at age 94. Sadly, recently a book was released from a family member alleging misconduct on his part on the basis of "repressed memories" and the like: I find that kind of thing grossly reprehensible. Nibley was wrong, dead wrong, about the gospel, but you will never, ever find myself, or anyone from this ministry, using that kind of dirty, cheap rumor mongering. It is horrible and makes me sick. If you'd like to see how to respond to Nibley, here is an article to read. It contains an old, and I do mean old, conversation back from the days of BBSing wherein I took on Nibley's comments as they were presented by an LDS apologist.
Hugh Nibley now knows there is only one true God, and that man is not of the same species as God. He has learned the elements of the LDS temple ceremony that were removed in 1990 (to which he took great exception, and for good reason, given what LDS believed about the endowment ceremony being part of revelation) were the least of his problems. If he went into eternity still believing what he taught all his life, he stands before a holy God who is not an exalted man, and he stands before him without the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Such an event reminds us of the importance of speaking the truth to the LDS people while it is still day.
Utah Seeks to Kill Free Speech: Thanks, KJVO "Street Preachers"
02/14/2005 - James WhiteUtah State Representative Douglas C. Aagard has introduced a bill in the Utah House, HB0131, found here, that is currently titled, "Access to Health Care Facilities and Places of Worship." It reads in part,
. provides that knowingly approaching within eight feet of a person for the purpose of passing out literature, displaying an object, or engaging in protest or counseling without the other person's consent is a class B misdemeanor if the person is within 100 feet of an entrance door to a health care facility or place of worship;There is no question in my mind, of course, that this is in response to the activities of the KJV Only "Street Preachers" in Salt Lake City and their outrageous behavior exhibited there over the past few years. Their behavior is so far beyond anything that can be identified as rational (let alone Christian) that it has provided a basis for this denial of fundamental free speech rights to everyone (a common result of outrageous behavior). It is very sad to see this being attached to abortion clinics, however, and that under "Republican" sponsorship. The representative who introduced it, as far as I can tell, is a graduate of BYU, which, in Utah, is hardly uncommon, of course, but the chances that he himself has been the object of the ranting and raving of the "street preachers" is still fairly high. Clearly the bill is unconstitutional, but we are talking about Utah here, and unconstitutional laws have to be challenged, sometimes over long periods of time. We no longer go to Utah to pass out tracts at the General Conference, but it is still troubling to see this kind of heavy-handedness on the part of government officials.
. permits recovery of civil damages and injunctive relief against a person who violates the above provisions or who incites another person to violate the above provisions;