Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill discovered an ancient confession that states Roman aristocrats made up Jesus Christ; Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi was willing to return the Temple Mount; meanwhile, the newspaper industry is wrought with turmoil, and it’s only getting worse. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

Ancient Confession Found: ‘We Invented Jesus Christ’ American Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill will be appearing before the British public for the first time in London on the 19th of October to present a controversial new discovery: ancient confessions recently uncovered now prove, according to Atwill, that the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats and that they fabricated the entire story of Jesus Christ.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ‘Was Willing To Give Back the Temple Mount’ Attorney David Glass, 77, is better known in the media by his official title, “the legal adviser of the Shas Party.”

War On Poor People Daniel Little has a useful piece on the Right’s general antipathy toward and current war on poor people.

The Evolution of Newspapers: Nasty, Brutish, and Unfortunately Not That Short Either The turmoil in the executive suite at the Philadelphia Inquirer — which was bought last year for 90 percent less than it sold for just 5 years ago — is just the latest example of the evolutionary angst at work in the industry.

Learn to Write Badly No reader of The Sociological Imagination (1959) will soon forget C. Wright Mills’s “translations” of a few passages from The Social System by Talcott Parsons, one of the most eminent American social scientists of the day.

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