The Secret History of Star Wars
It’s supposed to be a history of the development of the Star Wars saga, dealing with issues from the number of movies Lucas wanted to make to showing how he was rewriting Episode III, even after principal filming had stopped. I don’t know if I’ll read it or not, but I did download it. (Maybe the Notorious D.U.G. can read it and let me know how it is.)
Hat Tip: SlashDot
Bible scholar rips pope’s book, warns of chilling effect | National Catholic Reporter Conversation Cafe
A leading New Testament scholar, and former Catholic priest, has criticized Pope Benedict XVI’s 2007 book on the Gospels, Jesus of Nazareth, saying that its insistence on identifying the historical Jesus with the Christ of traditional Christian faith has “turned back the clock” on modern scholarship.
I think the Pope’s response would be something along the lines of “Thank you.”
“In Jesus of Nazareth, published under the alias of Joseph Ratzinger, the pope declares that the Gospels’ Christ of faith is the historical Jesus, thus turning the clock back by several centuries,” Vermes said.
It tells you something about this “scholar’s” worldview that he considers the name the Pope was born, baptized and lived for 80 years under to be an “alias.” The scholar comes in for criticism in the comments on this post as well. When denizens of the National Catholic Register think you’re a dissenter, wow.
“The citizens of America have too much discernment to be argued into anarchy. and I am much mistaken if experience has not wrought a deep and solemn conviction in the public mind that greater energy of government is essential to the welfare and prosperity of the community.”
— Alexander Hamilton (Federalist No. 26)
Reference: Hamilton, Federalist No. 26.