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By Hugh Nibley

Approaching Zion is LDS pupil and social critic Hugh Nibley's hottest booklet. extra obtainable than a lot of his scholarly works, it really is replete with Nibley's trademark humor and startling insights into historical past, faith and lifestyles.

Well identified and loved in its textual content shape, lots of the essays during this e-book have been initially added as speeches. This audio model, learn by way of the author's son, Thomas Hugh Nibley, inspires the unique supply of Hugh Nibley the speaker together with his slashing wit, profound scholarship, and burning religion.

In coming near near Zion, Hugh Nibley offers thinkers cause to think, and believers anything to contemplate.

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It is not only wicked to destroy them, it is abominable, in my opinion. I think that this principle should extend, not only to the bird life, but to the life of all animals. . I never could see why a man should be imbued with a blood-thirsty desire to kill and destroy animal life. I have known men—and they still exist among us—who enjoy what is, to them, the “sport” of hunting birds. . I think it is wicked for men to thirst in their souls to kill almost everything which possesses animal life.

In an excellent historical overview of the notion of Utopianism (1986), Nibley addresses “the great question with which all utopians deal . . ” Nibley was disappointed with the reception of his remarks on “Goods of the First and Second Intent” (1987) at the Retired Teachers Association. While he speculated on the probable causes of today’s classroom crises, the seasoned educators “mostly dozed,” he commented. ” The tragedy is that most universities now concern themselves largely with enabling students to achieve practical success through a cult of careerism.

We can’t discuss Zion very long without running into Babylon, because Babylon is, in all things, the counterpart of Zion. It is described just as fully, clearly, and vividly in the scriptures as Zion is and usually in direct relationship to it. “By the rivers of Babylon . . we wept, when we remembered Zion” (Psalm 137:1). “They shall ask the way to Zion” when word comes to “remove out of the midst of Babylon” (Jeremiah 50:5, 8). “There will be the voice of them that flee out of the land of Babylon to declare in Zion the vengeance of the Lord,” and, “Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon” (Zechariah 2:7).

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