World And The Prophets
Just as the Church's beliefs and institutions were under attack when these lectures were first given, so today critics are again attacking the Latter,day Saints' conception of God, their claim to continuous revelation, their belief in Joseph Smith as a prophet of God, their acceptance of the Book of Mormon as a true record, and their insistence that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter,day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ. The answers given by Professor Nibley then are as valid today as they are timely.
Dr. Nibley writes: "We make no attempt to argue out the position of the Church. . . . Here we are simply indicating briefly that for better or for worse, the Mormons consistently find themselves in the company of the ancient saints and, accordingly, far removed from the ways of conventional Christians. . . . It is an historical, not a theological or philosophical, vindication of our prophets." But Professor Nibley does far more than point out identities of doctrines, practices, and institutions between Latter,day Saint Christians and the early Christians. He also describes with great clarity how the Church changed from an organization with inspired prophets into a thoroughly different and alien institution built upon the learning of men. He shows how prophecy was replaced with self,induced mystical experience.
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