Bayesian Epistemology vs. Susan Haack

Susan Haack is generally a good philosopher (I interviewed her a few years ago). She’s made important strides in unifying disparate positions in epistemology (and I am very fond of unification efforts in philosophy: I think they are generally on the right track, in every domain; as for example my unification of moral theory). But…

Three Things to Know about New Testament Manuscripts

Matthew Ferguson has been blogging brilliantly lately on how to study the New Testament from the perspective of classical literature (just check out his blog; you’ll find weeks of must-read articles lined up there, all fascinating stuff). But even his older stuff is awesome. Way back in 2012 he published Leveling a Mountain of Manuscripts…

Epicurus vs. Mohammed: In Spanish!

I’ve debunked the Muslim claim that the Koran is miraculously predictive of modern science multiple times, from Cosmology and the Koran to The Koran Predicted the Speed of Light? Not Really . . . all the way to Predicting Modern Science: Epicurus vs. Mohammed, wherein I showed that the first century B.C. poem the De…

Ancient Science Update

My first book on ancient science is now available! And very affordable (I see Amazon is currently selling it for about ten bucks). For details on this book, check out my last article on Science Education in the Early Roman Empire. Kindle and audio should be out by Spring. For those who want more on…

Virgin Birth: It’s Pagan, Guys. Get Over It.

The deep anxiety of Christians is often revealed in their desperation to convince themselves they aren’t just new fangled pagans who stole everything from other religions. The virgin birth is a classic example, and the fact-challenged ill-logic of trying to deny it is best represented by the otherwise seemingly smooth and authoritative article Was the…

On the Historicity of Jesus: The Tim Hendrix Critique

Tim Hendrix, a mathematician, recently published an inaccurate critique of my book On the Historicity of Jesus. This is my analysis of where he went wrong. Hendrix wrote a critique of my book Proving History: Bayes’s Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus a few years ago, which I addressed last year. This year’s…

Lena Einhorn on the Claudian Christ Theory

Editor, physician and documentarian Lena Einhorn has written a book, A Shift in Time, arguing a new theory of the historical Jesus: that he actually was a violent rebel from the era of Claudius, who was later whitewashed into a pacifist from the era of Tiberius. My brief review here will cover her argument, its…

Tour Stops the Week Before the Milwaukee Debate!

Mark your calendars! I’ll be in Bloomington, Indiana; Chicago & Peoria, Illinois; and La Crosse, Wisconsin. Because we have our four winners! The chosen contestants will receive tickets to the Ehrman-Price debate in Milwaukee for the Friday of October 21 (2016). But during the week leading up to that, anyone in or around those other…

Hitler’s Table Talk: An Update

New developments have been inspired by my exposing certain Hitler quotes as bogus! It all started with a $50 research job for the Freedom from Religion Foundation at Dan Barker’s behest. Dan asked me to check the original German of three Hitler quotes Christians kept throwing at him. That sent me down an unexpected rabbit-hole…