I have been meaning to post about the second edition of an interesting book by Kris Komarnitsky, Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection: What Happened in the Black Box?, exploring what natural explanation is possible for the rise of Christian belief in the resurrection. I’m kind of glad I waited, because now I can also point to Richard Carrier’s post about the book, in which he refers to me as “the infamous James McGrath”!
The book is important, not least because it shows that there isn’t a solid and simplistic divide between professional scholars and everyone else. It is possible for an interested layperson to inform themselves sufficiently about a field to discuss it in a manner that even scholars will find it interesting to read and interact with. In a world in which academics are sometimes criticized for engaging in “credentialism,” it is great to be able to say, “No, we do look at qualifications not because they automatically vouchsafe trustworthiness, but because the lack of them usually correlates with expertise – but not always, and a person who takes the time to inform themselves and to contribute meaningfully will will not only be heard but appreciated.”
It is my understanding that the Kindle edition of Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection will be available for free on Amazon.com on Saturday. And so if you are interested, there is a no-risk way for you to take a look at the book!