The Size and Status of Jesus’ Family

The depiction of the size of Jesus’ family in Mark 6:3 puts the number of people in the family above the average family size estimated by historians for his time and place in history. I had this come up in connection with a blundered attempt by a mythicist (who apparently doesn’t understand what an average is) [Read More...]

Early Reviews of Richard Carrier’s On The Historicity of Jesus Christ

Loren Rosson has reviewed two books which offer two different mythicist theories – one in relation to Muhammad, one in relation to Jesus. The former is Robert Spencer’s Did Muhammad Exist?: An Inquiry into Islam’s Obscure Origins, and the latter is Richard Carrier’s On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt. [Read More...]

Skeptics of a Feather

I happened across a document reflecting mythicist claims and views recently, and was struck when I noticed where it was hosted. The blog is “Citizen for 9/11 Truth.” It is not a coincidence that fundamentalist Christians often accept conspiracy theories about the government and uncritically accept as “news” things that could be easily debunked with a [Read More...]

I Am Biased

In an interview that Richard Carrier gave on the show Inspiring Doubt, Carrier said that I am a great example of bias. He is, of course, correct. Let’s take Christianity, for instance. I grew up in a country where Christianity predominates. I grew up in a family in which I was raised in one of [Read More...]

Liveblogging Richard Carrier Inspiring Doubt

The video above should let you watch the Richard Carrier interview as it is happening now. I’m liveblogging it. Carrier is now talking about people sowing doubt about biology, for instance. But that is precisely an example of people manufacturing controversy about a consensus. He says that consensus has value. So he is trying, it [Read More...]

Consensus Radio

Greg Brahe, host of Inspiring Doubt, is going to have Richard Carrier on his show today, with the aim of telling him that he is wrong! The show will be broadcast live on YouTube at 6pm today (Eastern Time, I believe). Here is the blurb for it: I invited Dr Carrier to appear on Inspiring Doubt to [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...]

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...]

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...]


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