Jesus - Australia's future?

Jesus - Australia's future?

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The Future of Jesus: Boyer Lectures 2005
Dr Peter Jensen, ABC Books paperback $22.95, 128 pages or ABC Audio CDs $34.95

EACH YEAR FOR THE LAST FOUR decades, the ABC has invited “a prominent Australian to present the result of his or her work and thinking on major social, scientific or cultural issues in a series of radio talks.”

Becoming Divine

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Book Review: Fully Human, Fully Divine
Michael Casey, John Garratt Publishing, $29.95, 368 pages

A MONK OF THE CISTERCIAN Abbey at Tarrawarra in country Victoria, Michael Casey is an internationally renowned scholar of monastic spirituality, especially that which has developed from the Rule of St Benedict. In books such as Toward God: The Ancient Wisdom of Western Prayer and Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina, Casey has proven to be one of Australia’s best writers on Christian spirituality. Rich in wisdom from his contemplation of the ancient Christian sources, Casey also has the ability to make this teaching accessible to contemporary readers.

Producing the goods

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Volume 17, Issue 1

The Producers
Starring: Nathan Lane, Matthew Borderick and Uma Thurman. Directed by Susan Stroman. Rated M. 134 mins.

IN 1968, MEL BROOKS WON A surprising Oscar for his screenplay, The Producers, a potentially controversial  comedy which ran the risk of bad taste (and won) and of upsetting Jewish and other sensibilities about Hitler and World War II. But Brooks, taking a cue from Chaplin’s mockery of his look-alike, Hitler, in The Great Dictator, has always thought that one of the most effective ways of attacking is by satire and mockery – making a fool of Hitler.  So, not only did The Producers pay off, it moved Brooks from a TV writer and performer to a screen director and actor for almost three decades.

Forty year journey

Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue
Edward Idris Cardinal Cassidy, Paulist Press, $39.95, 303 pages

IT IS NOW FORTY YEARS SINCE the close of the Second Vatican Council. While many in the Catholic Church can recall the Council as a watershed period that set off a revolution in the Church, for many others today, including myself, it is an event of which we have no personal memory. Many publications have attempted to explain the Council and its documents, and assist with their implementation. The latest of these is Paulist Press’ Rediscovering Vatican II, of which Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue is the first of a planned eight-book series.

Cashing in on Johnny

Walk the Line
Walk the Line
Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. Directed by James Mangold. 136 mins. Rated M

Walk the Line (from one of Cash’s most memorable songs, I Walk the Line) uses the framework of 2004’s successful celebrity biopic of Ray Charles, Ray. It focuses upon a crucial moment in the singer’s life and then takes us back to his childhood, the beginnings of a career, success and the inevitable dependency and crash. It ends with the comeback of the singer, taking a second chance in life and career – and, as with Ray, spending more than three decades as a successful and respected entertainer. The key year for Johnny Cash was 1968, when he made a record of his concert for inmates at California’s Folsom Prison. After that, and his marriage to June Carter, he really never looked back. The film-makers have left this part of his life to his concerts, television appearances and his music.