Jul/Aug 2003

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The Gospel of Peter: from Jesus the Zealot to Jesus Christ
Modern historical/critical scholarship has shown that Jesus was anything but the meek lamb of God. Especially embarrassing to supporters of church orthodoxy are militant images created by verses such as Matthew 10:14 where Jesus says he has come not to bring peace but a sword, betraying a considerable seditious following and sympathies.  
Tom Rogers


Fasten Your Seatbelts: It's Going to Be a Bumpy List
I am not a chauvinist of my generation; if anything, I tend to favor the older films. But it is shocking to me that the list contains no names from films past the 1950's, especially when I consider that some of the greatest American film actors launched their careers after 1960.  
Diane E. Dees


No Matter? Never Mind!
Goleman's percept of emotional intelligence isn't a loose framework: rather, it's a self-contained toolkit of qualities that mark people who excel in real life: self-awareness, impulse control, persistence, zeal and self-motivation, not to speak of empathy and social deftness.  
Rajgopal Nidamboor


Shelley: Angelic Atheist
Shelley's exhortations were ignored when not derided. A scorned prophet, he was fitfully despondent: "I have," he confided to his friend Thomas Jefferson Hogg, "sunk into a premature old age of exhaustion, which renders me dead to everything, but the unenviable capacity of indulging the vanity of hope." A half century later, Matthew Arnold limned Shelley as a "beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain."  
Gary Sloan


The Perils of Roger Twilight
Sure, his eyes are blurry with sleep-stuff and he looks somewhat scrawny in his briefs, but we just know that he's the star. The decisive way he scrunches up his mouth as he stumbles to his feet and scrapes his fingernails over his chin is indication enough.  
Joe L. Murr


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