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Hugh Nibley Observed
Nibley as an Apologist
Daniel C. Peterson

Dan Peterson

“Listening to that very generous introduction, I’m reminded of a time when I was asked to chair or moderate a session in which Professor Nibley was speaking. I was sitting next to him when someone gave a prayer, and the prayer went on and on and on and on about what a great privilege it was to sit in the presence of this great man, and so on and so forth. And very audibly, about three minutes into the prayer, sitting next to me, I heard him say, ‘Aw, shucks.’”

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