Sunday, February 27, 2005

Humility of Hugh

Hugh Nibley has been a figure larger than life for me and many other Latter-day Saints. I have been noted with interest some critisicms of his scholarship. It has been said that he painted everything with a very broad brush and left it to future generations of scholars to paint in the details. With his death this past week there has been a lot of talk about him. Here is what he said way back in 1979:
"I refuse to be held responsible for anything I wrote more than three years ago. For heaven's sake, I hope we are moving forward here. After all, the implication that one mistake and it is all over with--how flattering to think in forty years I have not made one slip and I am still in business! I would say about four fifths of everything I put down has changed, of course. That is the whole idea; this is an ongoing process, and I have some interesting examples of that."


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