Ian’s Review of Carrier’s Proving History and Carrier’s Reply

Ian’s Review of Carrier’s Proving History and Carrier’s Reply October 13, 2012

An atheist named Ian with a deep background in math and science has written a critical review of Carrier’s Proving History.

A Mathematical Review of “Proving History” by Richard Carrier

Among other things, Ian complains that Carrier uses a version of Bayes’s Theorem (BT) that is “unduly complex” and “highly idiosyncratic.” I disagree. I think one’s assumptions can play a huge role in historical Jesus studies, so it valuable to use a version of BT which explicitly includes background knowledge (B).

Other critical posts on Ian’s site:

 Carrier’s reply may be found here.

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