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Who Chose the Gospels? Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy, By CE Hill

CE Hill not only rejoices in the title of Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Verily, he is also the anti-Dan Brown. Whereas The Da Vinci Code author and his ilk delight in theories that evil popes and scheming prelates stamped out the many and often competing versions of Christianity circulating in the first four centuries AD, Hill has a more sober message. There was no conspiracy. Far from blaming the demon figure of the Council of Nicaea, Bishop Athanasius, for deciding that only his four chosen gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – should be the canonical ones, Hill argues that the Emperor Constantine's council was no dastardly cover-up enacted to cement the supremacy of Rome. The four we know as the main part of the New Testament today, he says, were commonly accepted as scripture far earlier.

Deborah Ross: 'I do not want to see my true self'

If you ask me, all this Eat, Pray, Love business about having to search for your "true self" is all very well, but what if your true self turns out to be a complete dick? I once encountered my true self and, I'm telling you, I took one look at it, and thought: this is bad, bad news.

The old man and the lookalike

Charles Bicht winner of the 2010 "Papa" Hemingway lookalike contest, being given a congratulatory kiss by the 2009 winner, David Douglas, in front of Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Florida.

Friend puts up $2m bail to secure Black's release

Some 870 days after he was incarcerated in a Florida jail, the flamboyant press baron, Conrad Black, former proprietor of The Daily Telegraph and peer of the realm, has been freed on bail.

Grab a slice of the American dream while it's still cheap

House prices are tumbling in tourist hot spots in Florida, but there are still potential pitfalls for buyers from the UK. Laura Howard reports

Florida restaurant killer targeted women

A gunman killed his wife outside the South Florida restaurant where she worked, then targeted women inside and shot dead three others before committing suicide.

Travel By Numbers: US national parks

As a week celebrating America's protected landscapes begins, Ben Ross adds up the appeal

Zumba: Fitness for Latin lovers

The energetic South American dance workout Zumba is taking the US by storm – and now it's over here. Alice-Azania Jarvis takes to the floor

Hundreds evacuated as volcano erupts in Iceland

Authorities evacuated hundreds of people after a volcano erupted beside a glacier in southern Iceland, Iceland's civil protection agency said today.

A magical kingdom beyond the theme parks

A wealth of rivers, beaches and trails awaits in Florida's real-life alternative to Mickey Mouse. Mark Harris seeks the state's earthly wonders

Branson's US budget airline plans to fly up to Canada

Virgin America, the low-cost airline set up in the US by Sir Richard Branson, has unveiled ambitious plans for expansion after financial disappointments and wrangling over its ownership structure stymied its first two years in operation.

Philip Hoare: Leviathans in need of more protection

Wellington Notebook: A proposal to allow Japan commercial whaling rights in return for their agreement to stop whaling in the Southern Ocean is set to bring matters to crisis point

Return in sight as Woods returns to range 'looking as good as ever'

Tiger Woods is back at his Florida home after completing his latest batch of rehab and has returned to full practice for the first time in more than three months. Question: is an imminent comeback on the cards?

Trainer dies after attack by killer whale

A female trainer was attacked and killed by a killer whale in front of dozens of horrified tourists yesterday. Eyewitness reports suggested the orca, which has been involved in two previous deaths, rose up to grab Dawn Brancheau by the waist and shook her violently before dragging her under water.

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Panto dames: before and after

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