Hugh Nibley, 1910-2005, was the strongest intellectual defender of the LDS Church, and, at the same time, Mormon culture’s “gad-fly critic.”
The world knew Hugh Nibley as a writer, lecturer and public speaker. However, he was also a prolific and serious letter-writer, and he came from a time and tradition that regarded conversation as a fine art. This blog is made up mostly of material from Nibley’s unpublished writings, interviews and conversations. We think you will find the posts here entertaining, thought-provoking, and perhaps even sometimes enlightening.
There are a few things readers should remember when reading these posts:
- Much of what appears here was never intended for public consumption. Hugh Nibley was a careful editor when preparing his work for publication and made sure what his text said was what he really meant. Many of the letters and conversation you will see here were candid and unguarded, and may contain things he would not have said if had taken time to edit himself.
- Many of these posts are based on material several decades old, and on certain subjects Hugh Nibley changed his mind over the years.
- Hugh Nibley often spoke and wrote in an ironic voice, and what he said wasn’t always what he meant. Those close to him knew that, but it isn’t always apparent to others.
We welcome all comments on the posts, both positive and critical; but this is a moderated blog and only comments approved by the editors will be posted. Hugh Nibley loved the give and take of spirited discussion, especially with those who disagreed with him. However, having shuffled off this mortal coil, he will not be able to respond to your questions and comments here.
Finally, we know there are many hundreds of letters and personal stories out there from and about Hugh Nibley, and if you have any you would like to share, we would love to hear from you.