Batman More Scholarly Than Zeitgeist?

Richard Carrier could be a comedian. He recently said on his blog that he wants to make a better movie promoting mythicism than Zeitgeist is. And so he is putting his weight behind a movie called “Batman and Jesus.” No, I’m not kidding. Watch the video and see for yourself:   [Read more...]

What Would It Take To Get You To Read Richard Carrier’s Book?

A commenter on this blog mentioned how useful it would be if scholars in Classics, ancient Jewish history, or Roman history were to read and give their impressions of Richard Carrier’s book, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt. The truth is that, just as I am perhaps going to [Read More...]

Keep Calm and Carrier On

For those interested in a third party perspective on Richard Carrier’s recent blog post about me and my review article, Stewart James Felker offers his thoughts on the matter. [Read more...]

Richard Carrier’s Dishonesty

It is ironic that Richard Carrier’s blog post which accuses me of lying about his work blatantly misrepresents what I wrote. No one who has read things I’ve written – or listened to things I’ve said – would ever believe that I claimed that the Gospels have no symbolic stories in them, when I have so often [Read More...]

Finishing my Mythicism Article Series

I have a new article published in The Bible and Interpretation: “Mythicism and the Making of Mark.” I think that this will be my last article in this series about Richard Carrier’s book On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt, not only because I am now on sabbatical and have other things to [Read More...]

Mythicism, Creationism, and other Conspiracy Theories

I was made aware of a post by John Anthony Dunne, asking whether there is any parallel in Judaism for what Richard Carrier and other mythicists claim that Paul believed, namely that a celestial being died in the celestial realm. Presumably the closest Carrier can offer is his claim that Adam was buried in the third [Read More...]

The Criterion of Damage Control

In a conversation about mythicism I had recently, some points came up that I want to share here. In addressing the claims of mythicism, I think a key point is to get the criterion of embarrassment right. I do not think anyone has ever said, as mythicists sometimes claim, that the principle is “this makes me [Read More...]

Horus Manure

I’m not sure how I missed it, but a few years ago, Catholic apologist Jon Sorensen came up with a very clever title for a post about alleged Jesus-Horus parallels: Horus Manure. Whatever you think of the post, that’s a pun that was too good not to share. More up to date, Gakusei Don (who [Read More...]

Myths, Messiahs, and Minimalisms

Simon Joseph blogged about the myth of the dying Messiah. He writes: The myth of the Dying Messiah originated in and was generated by the suffering and death of a messianic Jesus… Jesus’ first followers suffered from cognitive dissonance. The predominant model of early Jewish messianism was the militaristic Davidic warrior-king. The fact that Jesus did not “fulfill” the role [Read More...]

Richard Carrier at SBL

Simon Joseph has kindly blogged about Richard Carrier’s appearance at a regional SBL meeting. Here is an excerpt from towards the end of the post: The fact that an SBL regional meeting was hosting a review and discussion of Carrier’s book was intriguing. Richard Carrier is one of the few exceptions among those who doubt [Read More...]

To Engage or Not to Engage

I had been meaning to blog for a while about the question of whether it is worthwhile engaging with fringe views, whether those that are just barely represented within the academy, or those beyond its pale. It seems appropriate to return to the topic now, since Richard Carrier has offered two blog posts which react to [Read More...]