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What Is the Evidence for Jesus?

Reading Time: 9 minutes I am presently grappling with Jesus mythicism. I am, at present, a historicist in terms of whether Jesus existed or not. My evaluation is somewhat intuitive, believing to the confidence of about two-thirds that a real Jesus existed under all the mythological overlay as opposed to one-third confidence in a completely mythological Jesus. Richard Carrier, on the other […]

Posted inHistory

Carrier’s Mythicism Is a Win-Win

Reading Time: 11 minutes Jesus scholarship is often… “a disguise to do theology and call it history, do autobiography and call it biography, do Christian apologetics and call it academic scholarship.” John Dominic Crossan, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography I’ve read a lot of Richard Carrier’s work, but very little on his case for the mythicism of Jesus. This is partly […]

Posted inArts, Books

Carrier’s Anti-Kalam Book Endorsement!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Apologies for my absence – half term, and kids, and all that. Dr Richard Carrier was very generous indeed with his time and effort on my recent book The Resurrection: A Critical Examination of the Easter Story [UK]. I was very much indebted to him for his extensive blog entry on the piece. Within that article […]

Posted inBooks

Resurrection Update

Reading Time: 2 minutes I am sorry that I have been largely absent for the last week due to having a huge writing demand. I have been working with Richard Carrier on my manuscript for my book The Resurrection: A Critical Examination of the Easter Story. The simple fact of the matter, and this is something I had come to […]

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Quote of the Day on Confirmation Bias

Reading Time: 3 minutes The following is a quote by Verbose Stoic, a regular commenter here with whom I often disagree but who substantiated his claims with detail and, well, substance. The sort of commenter I like – he probably does this because he has a blog of his own, and sometimes takes me to task. I only wish […]

Posted inGeneral

Responding to Carrier on Free Will (III): Syllogisms, Laypeople & Christians

Reading Time: 18 minutes Recently, I introduced you to the first piece in my response to Richard Carrier as follows: One Christmas present I received this year is a blog piece by Richard Carrier (“Why Syllogisms Usually Suck: Free Will Edition”) going to town on one of my old free will articles expressing determinism/libertarian free will issues in a syllogism: “A […]

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Responding to Carrier on Free Will (II): Intention

Reading Time: 8 minutes Yesterday, I introduced you to the first piece in my response to Richard Carrier as follows: One Christmas present I received this year is a blog piece by Richard Carrier (“Why Syllogisms Usually Suck: Free Will Edition”) going to town on one of my old free will articles expressing determinism/libertarian free will issues in a syllogism: “A […]

Posted inUncategorized

Responding to Carrier on Free Will (I): Control

Reading Time: 10 minutes One Christmas present I received this year is a blog piece by Richard Carrier (“Why Syllogisms Usually Suck: Free Will Edition”) going to town on one of my old free will articles expressing determinism/libertarian free will issues in a syllogism: “A Syllogism for Determinism“. His article was built on the foundation of a previous one: “Free […]

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Nativity, Census, Quirinius: Refuting Very Poor Christian Apologetics Again. Even More.

Reading Time: 14 minutes As I explained yesterday (perhaps read it for context), I was linked to a vicar apologist challenge for skeptics to lay out a Nativity contradiction. It went like this: I was linked into some challenge from a vicar apologist who was seeking skeptic challengers to find nativity contradictions that he could slam dunk refute (by Dave […]

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