Ehrman Evades Carrier's Criticisms

Richard Carrier has now twice eviscerated Bart Ehrman for some seriously sloppy scholarly errors, first in a rebuttal to an Ehrman Huffington Post article and now in a full review of Ehrman’s book Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. Carrier’s attacks were wholly substantive in nature and not at all ad hominem. But rather than either defend the substance of his work and/or apologize for its egregious errors, on Facebook Ehrman is misrepresenting Carrier’s criticisms as merely personal in nature:

As many readers know, Richard Carrier has written a hard-hitting, one might even say vicious, response to Did Jesus Exist. I said nothing nasty about Carrier in my book – just the contrary, I indicated that he was a smart fellow with whom I disagree on fundamental issues, including some for which he really does not seem to know what he is talking about. But I never attacked him personally. He on the other hand, appears to be showing his true colors.

I don’t see those charges sticking at all. Read Carrier’s review and tell me if you see Carrier inappropriately attacking Ehrman for personal failings instead of professional ones.

H/T: The A-Unicornist

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