Jesus and the Historian’s Craft

Tim O’Neill has posted part 1 and part 2 of an online article which is getting a lot of discussion: “An Atheist Historian Examines the Evidence for Jesus.” He does a really good job not just of explaining what the positive evidence is for there having been a historical Jesus, but why mythicist counterarguments are unpersuasive, [Read More...]

Attribute it to them Anyway

“Sometimes you will come across something on the internet falsely attributed to a famous person. Attribute it to them anyway.” – Mother Teresa Actually, the above is just my own sarcastic reworking of the phraseology that is characteristic of this purported quote from Mother Teresa: Someone who came across it, and who has learned to [Read More...]

Historical Jesus Lectures

I previously shared a selection of YouTube videos of lectures about the historical figure of Jesus, but one of them has since disappeared, and several more have come to my attention. And since a friend asked about videos and podcasts, I thought I would share a collection of some more such useful videos. Click on [Read More...]

Zeba Crook and Richard Carrier Discuss the Historicity of Jesus

Click the above to watch their discussion on YouTube. I didn’t watch the whole thing, having just gotten back from Israel late last night, but I listened to snippets. On the whole, the parts I listened to seemed to provide a good overview of the scholarly consensus view as well as of the mythicist viewpoint. I [Read More...]

Galileo was Wrong (Richard Carrier and Arguing from Consensus)

Richard Carrier has posted on arguments from consensus on his blog. It is, like most of his posts, unnecessarily long to make the point that it seeks to. Carrier suggests that laypeople can and should evaluate the arguments of experts, even with respect to the consensus. That seems to me strikingly odd – if laypeople [Read More...]

Was Jesus Hungarian?

I give the Jesus mythicists a lot of hassle. But theirs is nowhere near to being the most ludicrous claim about Jesus one can find on the web. All Mesopotamia pointed out an article which mentions a view found among Hungarian nationalists: the Hungarians are in fact Sumerians – just like Jesus! I recently learned [Read More...]

Easter War on Information Literacy

It is always particularly disappointing when those who classify themselves as freethinkers and skeptics share nonsense. This image is making the rounds again in precisely those circles: Candida Moss has a great article on what is problematic both with such claims about Easter being borrowed/stolen in this way, and with the reverse, namely Christian claims [Read More...]

Bible and Interpretation Article on Mythicism

Given the interest generated by Maurice Casey’s book and Richard Carrier’s blogging about it, I thought I should turn my 2013 SBL conference paper on mythicism and academic freedom into an article quickly. And so I am pleased to say that “Mythicism and the Mainstream: The Rhetoric and Realities of Academic Freedom” is now available [Read More...]

Historical Maccabees and Historical Jesus

Mythicists sometimes assert that an account like the Gospels, which features angelic interventions and other such details, ought to be set aside as fiction, rather than setting just the miracles aside and then sifting the rest for potentially useful historical data. As I prepared to touch on the books of the Maccabees in my course [Read More...]

Is Richard Carrier’s Talk about Acts History?

I found this comment left on a recent posthere on my blog entertaining. It approaches Carrier’s own talk the way Carrier’s talk approaches Acts: Carrier’s presentation of Acts is a fake history. * Lacks key markers of being a real history (Does not reference the primary sources precisely, does not explain his methodology. He reveals [Read More...]

Excellent Historical Fiction or Poor History?

Richard Carrier’s talk about the Acts of the Apostles seems to slip back and forth between two claims. One is that the work is historical fiction. The other is that it is trying to be history but failing. The actual evidence complicates this claim. Carrier mentions Colin Hemer’s classic study of Acts, Book of Acts [Read More...]


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