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...]

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...]

Richard Carrier on Acts as Historical Fiction

John Loftus drew attention to the lecture above. Here are some comments on it. The presentation starts with best books, mentioning Richard Purvo, Dennis MacDonald, and John Dominic Crossan. This was misleading, because these scholars do not draw the distinctive conclusions that Carrier does. Luke-Acts is said to have been written by the same guy, and [Read More...]

Richard Carrier’s Decisive Argument Against Mythicism?

A commenter named Stuart wrote the following: Although mythicism has survived attacks from Ehrman and Casey its days may be numbered. A decisive argument against mythicism has been made by a scholar whose competence certainly can’t be questioned. This scholar is Richard Carrier. In his essay “The Spiritual Body of Christ and the Legend of [Read More...]

How You Can Tell Maurice Casey’s Book About Mythicism is Good

Richard Carrier is quite the character, and he has written what he calls a “critical review” of Maurice Casey’s recent book about mythicism, Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths?. Anyone who is used to reading his “reviews” will know what to expect – they are typically lengthy attempts to discredit, picking at minor details [Read More...]

Debating the Historicity of Jesus

I was notified about this event coming up in April. Given how the Ham-Nye debate went, maybe this is something to approach with hope rather than excessive concern? It is being organized by the Center for Inquiry in Ottawa. A Facebook page has been created for the event. Did a man named Jesus live in [Read More...]

Studying Jesus without Religion?

Richard Carrier gave a talk which is on YouTube, “Imagining the Study of Jesus without Religion.” Historians have worked hard to set aside those demands and desires arising from religious convictions out of the picture when looking at the figure of Jesus. They have done so so successfully that time and again they have produced [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

There are so many interesting posts today on blogs that I subscribe to, as well as a few backlogged ones that I had not managed to find the time to blog about yet, that I thought it made sense to do a round-up. I can start with Larry Hurtado, who posted about a week ago [Read More...]

Selective Skepticism

An op-ed piece I wrote about the attention Joseph Atwill has been getting lately has appeared on The Bible and Interpretation website. The title is “Selective Skepticism.”   [Read more...]

Josephus, Jesus, and John

Ken Olson recently had a guest post on the Jesus Blog, about the Testimonium Flavianum. Olson’s chapter on this subject, “A Eusebian Reading of the Testimonium Flavianum,” is online on Academia.edu. Jim Davila and Richard Carrier also discuss this topic. Olson’s argument is summed up as follows: “The most likely hypothesis is that Eusebius either composed the [Read More...]


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